Since its birth in 2005 the eTwinning community promotes Media literacy and the integration of digital tools and languages in everyday teachers’ and students’ lives. In particular, digital citizenship is emphasised with the aim of spreading responsibility and awareness in the use of digital tools.
Amid social media advancement and the exponential growth of online news production and distribution, media literacy and the fight against disinformation and fake news have become very actual challenges, especially in schools, as far as concerns education of new generations of citizens.
The 2020 preparatory action on media literacy for all of the European commission describes media literacy as an umbrella term including all the technical, cognitive, social, civic, and creative skills which allow citizens to access to the media, develop a critical understanding and interact with them. The term “Disinformation” refers to fake and misleading information which are created for economic gain or to intentionally deceive the public, causing public and social harm.
In 2021, the eTwinning community is going to dedicate its resources to this theme, inaugurating the new year with Media literacy and Disinformation. The aims will be that of involving schools and teachers but also families, institutions, eTwinning ambassadors and stakeholders, to raise awareness on this issue and face up to the problems linked to it. There will be varied and numerous activities including professional development opportunities, events and online conventions, communication campaigns, production and publication of articles.
The eTwinning network’s intervention areas are in particular:
- Media literacy
- Digital rights
- Intellectual property and accountability
- Digital security and data protection
- Law and online behaviour
- Digital access and communication
From the 21 January the Indire’s eTwinning national unit has started a first cycle of webinars with experts, dedicated to these issues and addressed to teachers and students.