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Getting in Touch with Cyber-Youth
Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Information and Communication Technologies and the web have become an important part of today's teenagers and Young people's lives. The quality of the “virtual” life has a great impact on the social and physical well-being of young people. The new generations are “digital natives” and get to know internet at a younger and younger age. Thanks especially to the new smartphone fashion, the use of the web has developed and is developing, however, without an actual control by adults and parents who, on the other side of the spectrum, are “digital immigrants”, usually unable to help their children at using wisely the new technologies. The purpose of the training i"Getting in Touch with Cyber-Youth", that will take place in Torino from August 31st 2015 and September 6th 2015 is to provide methodologies and tools to the youth workers to improve youth wellbeing on the web using civilly ICT and creativity and to fight cyberbullying and hate speech online. Project is developed by 5 organisations from Italy, Lithuania, Russian Federation, UK and Croatia and it will involve 20 youth workers, 4 from each country. The Specific Objectives of the project are 1. To support professional development of the youth workers that work on the topic of the fair and conscious use of social network and ICT 2. To demonstrate and explain the role of developing life skills through non formal education to fight the phenomenon ad cyberbullying and hate speech; promoting young well being on the Web 3. To exchange good practices, methodologies of involvement on youth work, and technologies to promote young creativity on ICT and through ICT 4. To develop common programs and activities with young people in different european countries. The program of the course will be based on non formal education and will be conducted using an interactive and participative approach. Active group/team work, role-plays, outdoor activities and plenary discussions, as well as theoretical inputs and technical learning will characterize the program of the course in order to cover all aspects of the project themes. Special attention will be paid to the fact that the competences and the knowledge gained and transmitted during the course remain sustainable and transferable. This will be achieved by setting up enough space and time for reflection and evaluation, by providing expertise, comprehensive documentation, handouts and guidance from the team of trainers. A finished workshop pack of methods used in the course will be given to the participants at the end of the training so that they can use upon returning to their own countries. Tools will be provided and, on the basis of already existing projects from their sending organizations, participants will be also invited to share good practices, to exchange useful information, and work intensively in order to improve their skills in training youths regarding the subject of this training course. Participants are trained, have an intercultural exchange, grow up on their knowledge on the topic of web violence, build network and positive relations between young participants and youth worker, these elements are 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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