06 SES 09, Children, Internet Safety and Media Education
This paper will present a participatory design model developed in the research and development Erasmus Plus project CYGEN (Cyper Safe Generation: Digital education by design). The aim of CyGen is to develop a digital educational package, which can be used by teachers and academics in schools and other settings to support children’s online involvement and the presence of their voice and perspectives in design processes for educational and community-based digital projects.
The project has intended to bring together young people, teachers, parents and academics to develop a digital education package to promote children's safe online participation in diverse European countries. Our design process is based on participatory design and investigate how children, teachers and parents can be involved in developing, implementation and evaluation a collaborative educational package aimed at enhancing the digital citizenship and wellbeing of children in Europe.
The paper intend to inspire others with interest in user-involved design processes with the development of learning materials mediated by digital technologies, and will present a design kit and methodology on how to co-create an educational package together with children on the topic of safe internet behavior and good practice in online and social media.
Methodology: Design based research. Observation studies, The developing of the participatory design model in the project is based on the Design Based Research tradition. The model has proven effective in the project progress, user involvement and knowledge generation. In the project there is developed a design model and a design kit that have been continuously tested and evaluated with teachers, students, children and researchers so we now have a strong model for participatory design with children for local enhancing the digital citizenship and wellbeing of children.
The outcome of the project is a design kit and methodology on how to involve children in the development of teaching materials based on local and cultural perspectives and challenges in terms of internet security and behavior. The participatory Design kit includes question techniques, tools and materials for engaging people in telling and enacting.
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