Title: Empowering children and adults for a safe and responsible use of ICT The Happy Onlife experience Project 572 – E-CIT
Publisher: Publications Office of the European Union
Publication Year: 2015
JRC N°: JRC100030
ISBN: 978-92-79-54584-9 (print)
978-92-79-54583-2 (pdf)
ISSN: 1018-5593 (print)
1831-9424 (online)
Other Identifiers: EUR 27702
OP LB-NA-27702-EN-C (print)
OP LB-NA-27702-EN-N (online)
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC100030
DOI: 10.2788/911324
Type: EUR - Scientific and Technical Research Reports
Abstract: JRC researchers have been investigating the risks and opportunities to children in the digital age included cyber-bullying phenomenon since 2011 to support the EU Agenda for the Rights of the Child and European Strategy for a Better Internet for Children. During the research process it emerged that, despite the huge amount of online and offline resources, a hands-on toolkit for students, parents and teachers was missing. Children’s online safety is an emerging theme in policy context and thus needs investigation in order to advise stakeholders in an evidence-based way. JRC researchers have been intensively analysing the digital citizenship and its related subjects. From this research it emerged the need for empowering tools for children, teachers and parents providing more information, mediation and digital skills development. JRC researchers have produced materials to raise awareness and trust, and to empower children, families and schools in the attempt to promote a safe and healthy life online and help prevent cyber-bullying amongst teens. This material has been integrated in the Happy Onlife toolkit. Happy Onlife is a toolkit, which comprises a a project booklet with a collection of 17 educational activities promoting digital competences development and shared experiences of the digital world among teachers, parents and children between 8 and 12 years. It includes a a board game inspired by the traditional 'Snakes and Ladder game'. The toolkit activities and the game quiz questions are designed to prompt discussion and allow the moderator to drive the actors towards a responsible and safe way of using digital media. The toolkit is available both as paper version and online application. This toolkit opens a path to empower teachers and parents in actively guiding our children to become smarter, responsible, and respectful when using media and help them understand the ethical consequences behind the decisions they make online. Healthy digital children learn better and become healthy digital adults enabling them to reach their potential.
JRC Directorate:Space, Security and Migration

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