Youth and cybercitizenship: Cyberpassport campaign for a better world
Client: Department of the Presidency of the Cabildo de Gran Canaria, Citizen Participation Unit.
Scope: Institutions and Social Projects
Services: Training, Materials
Opciónate will carry out the project “Young people and cyber citizenship: Cyber passport campaign for a better world” financed by the Citizen Participation Unit of the Department of the Presidency of the Cabildo de Gran Canaria, from May 2021 until April 2022. This project gives continuity to the previous project “Youth for a Democratic Cyber Citizenship” developed in 2020-2021.
The project “Young people and cyber citizenship: Cyber passport campaign for a better world” will be executed through a participatory-training and action-research process with young people from Gran Canaria between the ages of 14 and 18, together with their families and teachers. With a gender perspective, they will have the opportunity to debate, exchange ideas, positions and speeches that may lead to the development of proposals that contribute to the construction, transformation and formulation of policies, public decision-making, exercising a true digital citizenship with authentic democratic values.
In this new project, three new centers in Gran Canaria will be participating: Opciónate will work with six high schools, supporting the participants of “Youth for Democratic Cyber Citizenship” in the three pilot schools: IES José Zerpa (Vecindario), IES Cipriano Acosta-Bañaderos (Arucas) and IES Francisco Hernández Monzón (Las Palmas GC), so the students will be able to present the campaign to other students in their schools. In addition, new agents will be incorporated, consolidating the groups as multiplier cyberactivists for democratic cybercitizenship.
In this phase, the families of the young participants will also be included: they will receive training on cyber citizenship, together with the entire educational community that will be involved in the process as well. This training is aimed at families in Secondary Education. The groups will include fifteen adults (parents and/or older siblings) of the interested students, supporting the actions of the youngsters, thus promoting their participation and empowerment. In addition, families will enrich their knowledge about the protection and detection of cyber violences and will be better prepared to respond in a more effective and beneficial way against it.
Opciónate, together with all the cyberactivist groups, will continue with the campaign throughout 2021 and 2022. New instruments and materials will be created for this project, in order to continue to enrich and help the campaign. Some examples are: the dissemination channels of the campaign’s website, the videos, and other new tools that will be created together with the participating people.
Once the new campaign is finished, and with the data collected through the online questionnaire, a report will be prepared and published, in order to make it possible to know how the participants of this campaign use the Internet and how this has developed through the project.
If you want to know more about “Youth for Democratic Cyber Citizenship: https://opcionate.com/jovenes_por_una_ciberciudadania_democratica/
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Keywords: democratic cyber citizenship, youth, social and political participation, gender approach, online training.