Over 60 school children came face to face with very personal digital stories at the action day hosted by Teachtoday in five workshops. They talked about their positive as well as negative experiences in dealing with the digital world. First off, the children worked in small groups in the workshop stage of the day. In the process they made five video messages that were then shown at the final presentation. The workshops dealt with important aspects of safe media use, privacy protection, when and how long it’s appropriate to use smartphones, and problems like cyber-bullying.
After a half-hour pause, all of the participants put their knowledge to the test in the Media Obstacle Course from Teachtoday, a course designed to use movement to spurn thought on safe media use. The concluding panel discussion was with Dr. Thomas Kremer, Board Member for Data Privacy, Legal Affairs and Compliance at Deutsche Telekom. He was interviewed by the kids on topics like, data security and how to protect one’s own privacy.
One theme in particular stood out in the lively discussion: How can children distinguish true information from fake news? “If something seems weird, you should always seek out other sources, to verify a report’s credibility,” said Dr. Kremer in response to one question. During the hour-long discussion, many children got to speak with Dr. Kremer, about cyber-bullying, hate speech, chain letters, hacks and computer viruses. In the end, there was barely enough time to get around to everyone, as engaged as the school kids were.