Social (Media) Inclusion

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About the Project

Social (Media) Inclusion rotates around the concept and perception of good and bad uses of social media, and their impact in contemporary societies in relation to: (a) the perception of migrants and refugees in local communities, and (b) the instrumentalisation of the so-called “refugee crisis” by right-wing groups to destabilise democracy and social cohesion.

The project aims to gather the experience of the participating organisations in topics related to the use of social media and migrant and refugee issues, in order to create an educational toolkit -mainly for youth workers, practitioners, educators, trainers, cultural mediators, translators and community leaders- that will give a detailed picture on the power of social media in defining who we are, who we like, and what we fear, as well as in destabilising or increasing social cohesion.

Main Activities

The non-profit organisations Kairos Europe (UK, project coordinator), Itaka Training (Italy), Foundation Pro Scientia Publica (Poland), EDUnaut (Croatia), and Inter Alia (Greece) have already prepared the draft version of the educational toolkit, which 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.

In addition, staff-members from the project organisations have already facilitated an online international training course (27 November 2020 – 08 January 2021), based on the content of the toolkit; and currently, they are evaluating the learning outcomes and the feedback received from the participants, in order to fine-tune the toolkit, so that it can later be used during workshops organised at the local level.

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