The web opens the door to a vibrant, exciting world of endless opportunities to explore, communicate, and create. Compared to a face-to-face environment, it is a place where curiosity and creativity can thrive, and where young people develop a wide range of skills in a seemingly less threatening manner. The web nevertheless holds certain pitfalls for the unwary. As in all other aspects of a teenager’s life, education is essential to foster more reflective ways of using online media.
The Web We Want is an educational handbook for use by 13-16 year olds, developed with and by young people. The content and approach, designed to resonate with the needs and preferences of young people today, aim to trigger reflection on issues such as digital footprints, reputation, rights and responsibilities. At the same time, a variety of hands-on exercises invite young people to share their experiences and investigate their own online practices.
Teachers, parents and other educators can find supporting material on the issues and activities in the handbook at www.webwewant.eu, which will also serve as a platform where young people are able to present some of their personal responses.
Via Aris P. Louvris, Greek School Network, Evdokia Roka