Social (Media) Education and Prevention of Internet-related Abuse

This course is intended for teachers and educators who have to do on a daily basis with people using social media for different purposes: socializing, looking for jobs, sharing photos, and so on. There is a necessity to understand in depth the dynamics of social media so that they can be used in all their potential. Tools such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are used on a daily basis to communicate with other people, but too often these tools are used in the wrong way. This course will help identify common behaviour mistakes in the use of social media, so that teachers can start sharing a correct digital culture among their pupils, so that they can learn the value of digital relations and understand the rules for a correct use of social media.

Day 1

What is social education. Why is social education important in today’s society. Digital native vs digital immigrants and their relationship with social media. Generational divide between adults and young people

Day 2

The digital identity. What is the online representation of your digital self. How to set-up a correct digital identity with proper balance, selection of contents and the interlocutors, depending on the platform used. Digital identity and personal branding. Rights and duties on the Internet. Recognising fake profiles and protecting yourselves against fraudsters. Recognising trolls, provocateurs and exhibitionists. How to communicate using the right tone and getting used to keeping good relations with other users. Case studies

Day 3

Digital Discrimination: what it is and how to recognise it. How to online in order to avoid harming others as well as protect others and ourselves from deliberate online attacks. Other forms of danger online: cyberbullying, cyberstalking, sexting, sextortion, grooming, phishing  etc. Protecting your privacy online by properly setting up the social platforms you use. Case studies

Day 4

The educator 2.0. How to educate digital immigrants. Finding strategies to teach digital immigrants about the use of social media. Understanding their perception of technology and applying the correct strategy. Case studies

Day 5

Practice and feedback