The project “Digital media literacy for youth employment and social realisation” (YDML) aims at providing meaningful support to youth workers who engage in developing young people’s skills and competences in the field of Digital Media Literacy (DML).
The mastery of navigation and advancement through the ocean of various digital tools, content and choices, is recognised as a substantial challenge for the contemporary youth in terms of citizenship and employment. While digital technology can enable young people to seek and share information, and to connect with others, it can also create risks to their safety, privacy and well-being. Inquiries show that young people have fewer skills for managing digital technologies than are generally credited to them. Most often they are passive consumers of content and just a small number report to engage in activities, supporting their education or in content-creation.
In the global quest for increased Digital media literacy, both learners and educators need support to master their skills for safe navigation and confident use of digital technologies.
Partners frоm 5 countries (Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Italy, Slovenia and South Africa) joined to prepare a youth workers’ training program and set of learning scenarios for interactive DML learning experiences.
Partners carried out an International inquiry of the youth digital media literacy. The results allowed addressing the most significant DML shortfalls of the young people through appropriate learning content. Three international mobility workshops for youth workers took place in South Africa, Czech Republic and Bulgaria to enable international collaboration on the project’s topics.