777 Digital Citizenship Project
Has online abuse and online bullying become an increasing issue for your school community?
Do you wish to help young people be safer online and make better informed decisions?
Would you like to encourage your young people to think of themselves as conscientious digital citizens? Then we have an exciting opportunity for you!
We cannot afford for our generation, or the next, to become desensitised to online abuse. As it stands, 1.5 million young people have been bullied online within the past year and there has been a significant increase in teen suicides linked to cyberbullying. This issue impacts community cohesion, mental health and wellbeing and exacerbates existing social inequalities that also disproportionately affect marginalised and vulnerable groups. Our Digital Citizenship workshop is all about helping young people lead their best, most positive, responsible and engaging online lives. We have delivered our workshops across the UK and Europe to 3,400 young people.
Thanks to several donors and corporate sponsorship between March and May 2018 Glitch is proudly able to offer Newham schools the chance to experience our acclaimed Digital Citizenship workshops. Glitch is providing 7 free Digital Citizenship workshops, to Year 7 Students in 7 schools in Newham, free of charge.
What is Digital Citizenship?
The Digital Citizenship workshop provides children with vital tools for navigating online spaces safely and respectfully, whilst encouraging them to think of themselves as conscientious digital citizens, applying the same civic and ethical perspectives to the online world as they do offline.
90% of participants surveyed found the workshop appropriate for their age and would recommend it to others and 86% said that they would behave differently online as a result of the information they learned during the workshop. Young people also said they felt an increased sense of self-awareness and responsibility about how their behaviour could impact others and, after attending the workshop they felt reassured about now knowing how to flag and report inappropriate content.
Why do we need Digital Citizenship workshops?
As reported by the Institute for Structured Dialogue in 2017, young people today are under-skilled and poorly supported across a range of vital digital skills, making them more vulnerable to manipulation and misdirection online and thus more likely to display inappropriate behaviour in both their on and offline lives.
Meanwhile, social media platforms have become breeding grounds for hostility and hate speech, providing a poor example for the young people that spend a large portion of their time on online.Without the necessary education and guidance, these behaviours can have a profoundly negative impact on children’s social development and world view.
In response to this issue, Glitch developed our Digital Citizenship programme to provide an educational solution that encourages young people to explore online spaces without fear and in a safe and conscientious manner, thereby decreasing their chances of experiencing or perpetrating abusive behaviour. Thousands of young people across England and Europe have now received Glitch’s Digital Citizenship training and the programme has been commended in the All Party Parliamentary Group on Hate Crime’s most recent Enquiry Report and garnered positive testimonials and support from participants, schools and parents.
What does the Digital Citizenship workshop involve?
We can deliver our workshops to small form groups as well as whole year assemblies. The objective of the Digital Citizenship workshop is for young people to leave with greater knowledge and understanding of the following concepts:
- digital rights and digital responsibilities
- online bullying, prejudice-based bullying and its impact
- democracy and law as they pertain to online spaces and interaction
- how to be responsible digital citizens within society
Ofsted’s framework on Safeguarding and Citizenship requires schools to provide their students with comprehensive education on bullying—including cyberbullying and prejudice-based bullying— how to prevent it where possible and how to report it when it occurs . Schools are also required to provide information and guidance on radicalisation, extremism, child sexual exploitation, the impact of technologies on sexual behaviour (e.g. sexting) and the relevance of democracy and law to these issues.
Glitch’s Digital Citizenship training provides participants with a detailed overview of these areas, empowering the participants to feel bolder and more responsible online, as well as reassuring teachers and parents that they are doing all they can to ensure students are staying safe online.
How is this funded?
Thanks to the generous support of our corporate sponsors Trust in Soda and The Institute for Canadian Citizenship as well as grant funding from Tate and Lyle and Royal Society of the Arts, Glitch is proudly able to launch our 777 Digital Citizenship Project. 777 will provide digital citizenship education to year 7 students in schools across Newham from March to May, free of charge, (bar a small admin fee of £55). The only requirement is a commit to completing pre and post workshop surveys. We also run workshops for years 8-11, with content that centres on the particular challenges faced by older children.
How can I book a session?
If you would like to learn more about the 777 Digital Citizenship Project and how your school can get involved, contact Glitch at info[AT]fixtheglitch.org or complete the short form below.