An European project to fight sexism amongst teenagers through play and gamification

Fight sexism through play: on the occasion of the mobilizations of 8 march, COSPE launches the new three-years project, “Play for your rights! Innovative media education strategies against sexism and discrimination”. The project aims at fighting sexist hate speech coming from stereotypes and gender discrimination among adolescents through social media education strategies and gamification practices. For young people, play is a powerful tool for learning and change: a way of involving adolescents in addressing complex phenomena with creativity and imagination.

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Theoretische Einführung und Leitlinien auch auf deutsch – Theoretical introduction and guidelines also in German

Die theoretische Einführung und die Leitlinien für inklusives und situiertes Lernen sind jetzt auch auf Deutsch erschienen. Ab sofort stehen auf der MEET-Website 5 Sprachversionen beider Dokumente zur Verfügung.

The theoretical introduction and the guidelines for inclusive and situational learning have now been published in German. From now on, 5 language versions of both documents are available on the MEET website.

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2 Lernszenarien auf deutsch! 2 learning scenarios in German!

Das MEET-Lernszenario #2 “Mit meinen eigenen Worten” und Lernszenario #3 “Aufbau einer vielfältigen und demokratischen Gemeinschaft” sind die beiden ersten ins Deutsche übersetzten Lernszenarien. Weitere werden folgen.
The MEET learning scenario #2 “With my own words” and learning scenario #3 “Building a diverse and democratic community” are the first two learning scenarios translated into German. More will follow.
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MEET at the 12th International Conference “Keeping Children and Young people safe online”

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.

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Digital civil courage? – Media Education for Fairness, Tolerance and Democracy – Symposium 7 June 2018 Berlin

In recent years, new forms of exclusion, racism, xenophobia, discrimination and intolerance have developed in Europe and around the world. Extremist movements and populist parties have emerged in a number of European countries, which have found fertile ground in economic crises and social insecurity among many citizens. With a strong presence in the online media, this propaganda offensive achieves a high impact, especially among young people. How can and should a democratic society respond to these developments? Do we need a digital moral courage of each individual to protect fairness, tolerance and democracy? What could media supervision look like for the digital world? On June 7, 2018, 80 European experts discussed this topic at the Rhineland-Palatinate State Representation in Berlin at the invitation of the State Representative for Rhineland-Palatinate and the State Office for Media and Communication (LMK) Rhineland-Palatinate.

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How “Multi-Culti Can Work” – Media Education for Intercultural Tolerance

Katja Friedrich, How “Multi-Culti Can Work” – Media Education for Intercultural Tolerance, Journal THEMA JUGEND No.  1/2018: „Wir können Frieden“ (We can make peace)

Tolerance and equity are key values of our democratic societies and form the basis for our peaceful co-existence. However, hate speech, discriminating or racist statements, and disinformation are on the rise – online and offline. Due to their intensive use of digital media, young people in particular are confronted with prejudice, fake news, and manipulative images, and are even exposed to extremist rhetoric that targets them intentionally. How can educational institutions respond adequately to this? How can everyone learn together to develop and express a respectful posture towards the “other”?
The European project “MEET” (Media Education for Equity and Tolerance) addresses this very issue: how can young people learn to see through the mechanisms of propaganda and discrimination and in doing so cultivate more constructive ways of expressing their own opinions? Since 2016, the project consortium with members in five European countries, among them in Ludwigshafen, has been developing learning scenarios for young people aged 13 through 19 in order to promote a critical and intercultural understanding of media as well as the ability to use media more consciously.
Young people and educators are being integrated into an “action research” process – research that is practically oriented and aims, in a mutual effort, at giving viable form to methods for intercultural media education.

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Students from Ludwigshafen report on their MEET workshops

From October 2017 to January 2018, students and teachers of the Ludwigshafen schools Ernst-Reuter-Realschule plus and the Berufsbildende Schule Technik 1 actively participated in the project “MEET”. As part of the “Safer Internet Day 2018” on February 6th, the 10th grade of the Ernst-Reuter Realschule plus and the 11th grade of the BBS Technik 1 presented the results of the workshops on opinion-giving and prejudice, propaganda and counter speech in the conference room of the Landeszentrale für Medien und Kommunikation Rheinland-Pfalz (Media Authority of Rhineland-Palatinate) in Ludwigshafen, Germany.

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Mainz/Frankfurt: Democracy Day and GMK Forum

State Secretary Heike Raab opens the Forum “Quo Vadis Europa” at Democracy Day in Mainz.

On 6th November Katja Mayer ( presented MEET at the “Forum Quo Vadis Europa” at the Democracy Day in Mainz. 12 days later, on 18 November, Prof. Maria Ranieri (University of Florence) explained the MEET project at the GMK workshop on “International Media Education” in Frankfurt.

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