Social (Media) Inclusion

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About the Project

Social (Media) Inclusion rotated around the concept and perception of good and bad uses of social media, and their impact in contemporary societies in relation to:

  • the perception of migrants and refugees in local communities, and
  • the instrumentalisation of the so-called “refugee crisis” by right-wing groups to destabilise democracy and social cohesion.

The project gathered the experience of the participating organisations [Kairos Europe (UK, project coordinator), Itaka Training (Italy), Foundation Pro Scientia Publica (Poland), EDUnaut (Croatia), and Inter Alia (Greece)] in topics related to the use of social media and migrant and refugee issues, and created an educational toolkit for youth workers, practitioners, educators, trainers, cultural mediators, translators and community leaders.

Main Activities and Outcomes

This educational toolkit (also available on Inter Alia’s digital library) includes the following topics:

  • Influence of social media on the perception of migrants in society, including its political and social role on a global scale.
  • Digital identity and personal branding; rights and duties on the Internet; recognising fake profiles and protecting ourselves against fraudsters; recognising trolls, provocateurs and exhibitionists.
  • Digital dangers; online navigation in order to avoid harming others, as well as to protect others and ourselves from deliberate online attacks; other forms of danger online: cyberbullying, cyberstalking, sexting, sextortion, grooming, phishing, etc.; fake news and disinformation as a form of cyber warfare; ways that migrants have been used by extremists to pursue their political, social and economic goals.
  • Discrimination on social media, and ways of dealing with online hate speech or trolls.
  • Positive and constructive uses of social media: ways of using social media and cultural heritage together to build up a better and more inclusive society.

The toolkit is published under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0) license, and hence, it can be freely reused, remixed and revised by everyone based on their educational aims and needs.

In order to fine-tune and disseminate further the educational toolkit, staff-members from the project organisations facilitated two online international training courses (27 November 2020 – 08 January 2021 and 12 – 16 April 2021) based on the content of the toolkit. The session presentations are available on the project website and are also published under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0) license.

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Social (Media) Inclusion was co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union.