During 12-18 of November 2019 the team of Association Alternativi International together with Youth association Droni has implemented a training course under KA1 of Erasmus + program, funded by HRDC.
Together we came up with the idea of implementing such project due to the fact we concluded base on the research –that we need to increase the level of media literacy of youngsters by informing about a healthy way of using digital media and to reach out to youngsters with means of digital youth work.
Nowadays social media channels such as Facebook and Instagram play a crucial role in the life of youngsters. Sharing personal information, documents, photos and locations are an integral part of the life of many young people. The younger generation can be described as digital natives. And although they are familiar with new technologies, they can also become victims very fast. Online tools and services offer great opportunities for personal and professional life and development, but they can involve many threats and can endanger the well-being of young people in different ways.
The specific objectives of our training course were:
-Raising awareness about the own online behavior; online threats for youngsters; digital and data security and privacy rights
-Increasing the level of media literacy of the participants and their target group -Sharing methods for digital youth work and providing a toolbox for youth workers and trainers -Developing new methods for digital youth work
-Empowering youngsters to use digital tools for their personal and professional development
-Setting Up an Action Plan on how to implement the methods in the home communities
-Networking between youth workers and trainers from different European organisations
With this project, participants received a “21st Century Survival Kit” that is essential for a democratic society and especially for young people who have been exposed to the effects of modern technology and social networks since birth. After the training course, participants understood the current challenges of the internet and personal data, they had the ability to reduce the risks of using digital technology. The participants increased their project management skills, leadership and critical thinking skills, enhanced their digital youth work skills, acquired specific competencies, digital methods and tools that they integrated into their daily work with young people.