Cyber-teen: web for friendship!
Start date: Feb 2, 2015,
End date: Dec 1, 2015
Cyber-teen: web for friendship! promoted wellbeing, tolerance and solidarity between young people and teenagers on virtual (and real) world. Cyber-teen tries to hind aggressive phenomena of exclusion, expecially cyberbulling and hate speech against all human being considered “differents”.
Web is a unlimited source of tools through which transmiting creativity, learning, positive relations, but, at the same time, web can become a place where developing hate speech, xenophoby, discrimination, sectarianism, racism etc..
Italian and Northern Ireland (UK) contexts have common aspects but also some specific features that make available the opportunity to compare and to exchange opinions about the two situations. While in Italy, Turin, 2 teenager out of 3 fear more than everything virtual violence and psychiatric disorders grow up, in Belfast web is an arena for sectarianism and hate speech between catholic/irish/nationalist community and protestant/british/unionist community.
Cyber-teen was structured in a :
Youth exchange of young people (between 15 and 18 years old) based on Albiano d'Ivrea, Torino, with 9 participants coming from UK and 9 italian participants and 4 group leaders. Youth exchange starts on July 4th and it ends on July 10th 2015.
From the methodological point of view, program of activity can be understood according to five phases of the learning process: 1.making experience, 2.exchanging ideas, 3.reflecting, 4.generalizing and 5.applying.
Through games and recreational activities were developed: know each other activities and teambuilding, reflection about identity and virtual identity, diversity, esclusion, homophobian and sectarian violence, theatre lab on violence escalation and role play on cyberbulling. Games correspond to the learning phase "making experience".
Activities that use artistic means and debates to discuss ideas and build an intercultural exchange, based on facilition tools that make easy to participate for everybody, are parts of the learning phase "exchanging ideas". Some examples: to build together learning agreement with participants, drawing "who I am in Internet?", presentation and discussion about features of web violence in Turin and Belfast.
Debriefing that follow every activity, evaluation moments - also using Youth Pass- activities using videos to develop empathy and emotional education are all rapresentative of "reflecting" phase of learning.
Building shared rules to contrast web violence and their application to real cases are parts of the learning phase "generalizing".
Participants were trained, had an intercultural exchange, grew up on their knowledge on the topic of web violence, builded network and positive relations between young participants and youth worker, these elements were the framework to build educational activities and improving their quality starting from results of mobility activities and promoting active participation of young people in this context.
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