After almost two years of the COVID-19 pandemic, when the project was exclusively coordinated through online meetings, the partners finally met in Brussels for the “Train-the-Trainer” event to exchange ideas and share best practices.
Project managers and trainers took part in a two-day interactive event starting on October 27th, during which they addressed the most important obstacles and concerns regarding the trainings’ delivery on various media-related topics, and discussed successful methods and approaches.
Throughout the event, Child Focus and Gezinsbond provided brief trainings on topics, such as cyberbullying, internet and privacy, online gaming, online privacy, the realm of social media, and media addiction. Most importantly, they offered detailed information regarding communication tactics and approaches that have been shown to be effective throughout trainings and addressed parents’ questions and concerns. Based on their extensive experience, it was highlighted that interaction is one of the most important factors, with the trainer serving as a facilitator by also providing information and insights, as well as creating a safe environment in which parents can be heard and receive answers to their questions. Furthermore, Child Focus and Gezinsbond presented the steps they follow for training implementation, the suggested content of the modules and their connection with the sessions, together with the successful use of testimonials and tips and suggestions were also given, which could be beneficial to parents when it comes to their children’s social media use.
The training was organised with many activities and useful tools, which also served as a guide for the partners in delivering their own trainings in the respective countries. Since the project’s goal is to improve children’s media literacy skills by providing comprehensive media literacy education to their parents across Europe, all the activities were specifically designed to assist parents in supporting their children in an increasingly complicated media environment.
In addition, the trainers offered a training simulation for the different modules, and topics (already introduced above), according to their relevance in each national context. They employed interactive methodologies and provided step-by-step instructions on how they will deliver the trainings. Furthermore, they introduced some highlights from the testimonials, covering parents, children, and teenagers’ viewpoints on a specific media issue.
Finally, partners showed various units from the national web platforms they had created to share their expertise and experience with parents, school counsellors, or teachers interested in learning more about online safety and media literacy. The platforms feature interviews with parents, teens, children, and professionals, which are very valuable for trainings’ implementation. They will be accessible by the end of November, and everyone will be able to access them and acquire skills and knowledge about the field.
The ‘’Train-the-trainers’’ event was a unique experience for everybody, as not only did they get in-depth knowledge around the implementation of the trainings but also they exchanged valuable insights and experiences about the replication of European Safe Online Initiative in the respective contexts during the piloting taking place at the end of 2021 and the beginning of 2022. The TTT offered also the space to set specific goals for the training delivery, considering the characteristics of the various target groups and their specific needs.
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