ABOUT THE PROJECT
The project aims to increase children’s knowledge of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, active participation of children and children’s rights in the digital environment, and on the other hand to enable children to apply the acquired knowledge specifically in creating new digital content that will benefit both children and adults. Children who are active in their local environment learn about democracy and civic responsibility which leads to the building of future tolerant, non-violent, secure social communities.
By encouraging the involvement and active participation of children in the public life of our local community and on a larger scale, we teach children to notice the conditions and needs of children in the environment in which they live and publicly express their opinions and suggestions, advocate for decisions, programs and other measures the position of children in society and in favor of faster and better realization of the rights and needs of children. The participation of children presupposes that adults provide them with active support in expressing their opinion and that the conditions for their training to express their own opinion are provided.
The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child expresses several different aspects of children’s right to participate:
- the right to express their views and matters relating to children
- freedom of expression and the right to receive information
- freedom of thought
- freedom of association
- the right to participate in the social life of the community.
The benefits of child participation are manifold, not only for children but also for adults and the wider community. In children, participation builds self-confidence, develops social and communication skills and methods of conflict resolution, teaches children to stand up for their views and speak in public and in front of adults.
By helping children develop skills important to digital citizenship, we will set them on the path to becoming responsible citizens not only in school or while playing, but also in the digital world. Children will have benchmarks that will help them be able to learn and grow from the many opportunities offered by the digital world, because they will be:
- more selective in relation to who they encounter and to the types of activities they do in the online environment;
- more resistant to the damage that could come from the things they see and hear in the online environment, because they will have their personal filters set – their citizenship abilities;
- more adaptable to new situations because they are open to different views, cultures and practices.
Digital citizenship is a concept that enables students, technology leaders and parents to understand what students / children / technology users should know about the appropriate use of technology. Digital citizenship is not only a teaching tool, but also a way to prepare students / technology users for a technology-filled society.