On 18th and 19th September 2018 the 12th International Conference “Keeping Children and Young People Safe Online” took place in Warsaw. During the two days about 40 speakers from all over Europe presented programs, methods and up-to-date studies related to the safety of children and young people on the internet and engaged in debates and discussions. This year’s key topics were: Balancing online and offline life, Internet pornography and Sexting, Cyberbullying, hate-speech, Data-protection and privacy.
On the second day of the conference Katja Mayer from medien+bildung.com presented the MEET-project in the session “Cyberbullying and hate speech in the ever-changing online environment”. The presentation gave an overview of the project setting, the three key concepts “understanding, expression and engagement” as well as a brief introduction of the key topics and students’ media productions from the two learning scenarios in Italy and Slovenia. Katja Mayer then presented the two learning scenarios “We are all equally different” and “In my own words” that were implemented in Germany. Here key topics like radicalization, fake news, prejudices and stereotypes played a major role in the methods used to foster tolerance and respect among young people. The about 100 participants showed lots of interest in the results of the students own media production that is posters and statement-videos to strengthen an open, unbiased society. In the end Mayer focused on the toolkit that is by now available online and explained how teachers and educators can use it to implement their own intercultural media projects.
The conference was organized by the Polish and German Safer Internet Centers. More information on the conference: https://www.saferinternet.pl/konferencja/12th-international-conference.html