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COFACE study sessions on Digital Citizenship – Zagreb, 12 May 2020

Families want a healthy environment for their children to thrive and develop their own wings, this includes a healthy digital environment. Our approach is to promote education and empowerment of families to harness the full potential of technology, and our vision is set out in our 13 Digitalisation Principles. This is why COFACE together with Parents Association Step-by-Step will co-organise a multi-stakeholder event on 11-12th May 2020 in Zagreb, for 80-100 participants in total.

At a European level, many different actors are contributing to creating a better digital environment for children. The European Commission’s Strategy for a Better Internet for Children is currently under revision, and will contribute to set new ambitious goals, covering emerging digital technologies. In this regard, civil society, among which COFACE-Families Europe, has a major role to play to operationalize the general objectives and priorities set by European Institutions. In recent years, the concept of “digital citizenship” has been used more and more in order to capture the growing complexity and importance of the digital space. Digital citizenship extends beyond the traditional “safety online”, and encompasses many different aspects such as human rights (online and offline), security, privacy, participation, and many more. This event will be an opportunity to explore the concept of digital citizenship and how useful it can be to contribute to creating a positive digital environment for all families.

There will be speakers from the local to international level, from different sectors, and with different professional backgrounds. In a 1-day event, we will organise 6 digital citizenship study sessions covering topics such as child safety online, cyberbullying, digitalisation in schools, gaming, digital marketing and more, using a holistic approach which considers digital transformations (in the home, in leisure, in school, in civic participation) as part of the lives of families of today, families of the 21st century.

Taking a holistic family perspective and multi-generation approach as a starting point, we will use this opportunity to:

  • Study different layers of digital citizenship, connecting the dots between different stakeholders, sectors and policy fields;
  • Bring to the fore the expertise of the COFACE network to support digital families;
  • Use the conference as a space for family professionals to meet, exchange, network, collaborate, and build transnational dynamics;
  • Use the brainstorms and exchanges to develop a COFACE brief or position on digital citizenship, clarifying the different layers and the objectives to be achieved.

This meetup will start on 12th May with a Keynote session: Digital citizenship – myth or reality?

Then the learning and networking will continue through two channels: Study Sessions and Networking Hotspots.

  • Study Session 1
    Key steps to creating a bully-free zone offline and online
    By Parents Association Step by Step, Croatia
  • Study Session 2
    European Safer Internet Strategy post-2020: key trends and priorities
    By the European Commission (DG CNECT) & Better Internet for Kids
  • Study Session 3
    Video games and civic engagement – state of play
    By FOr’J – Fédération de maisons de jeunes et organisation de jeunesse, Belgium
  • Study Session 4
    Critical thinking about the predominant online business model: advertising
    By COFACE Families Europe
  • Study Session  5
    Using ICT skills to transfer human values in schools
    By eTwinning
  • Study Session 6
    SELMA Hacking Hate toolkit: Games to empower young people online
    By European Schoolnet

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