What role does democracy play in the lives of children and young people? How can political education be geared more closely to their lifeworld? What risks accompany young people when they search for information on the Internet? What participatory opportunities can be used in a digital democracy? "Fit for Democracy - Strong for Society" is the theme of Safer Internet Day 2022 in Germany. The worldwide day of action for more online safety takes place on February 8: This year, the EU initiative klicksafe and numerous institutions throughout Germany will again offer digital events and interactive knowledge offerings. On social media, the day of action will be discussed and accompanied by the hashtags #FitForDemocracy and #SID2022.
Ludwigshafen/Düsseldorf, January 31, 2022 | Anyone who travels on the Internet increasingly encounters "fake news," i.e., false information, conspiracy ideologies and extremist propaganda. Sometimes aggressive and loud, sometimes subliminal, false information undermines trust in our democratic, pluralistic society. This is particularly visible in current issues, whether the Corona pandemic or the Ukraine conflict.
"Democracy cannot be taken for granted," says Dr. Marc Jan Eumann, klicksafe coordinator and director of the Media Authority of Rhineland-Palatinate, "it is becoming increasingly clear that targeted false news is intended to undermine democracy. We are all challenged - and no question, this is the crucial educational task of this decade - with #FitForDemocracy children and young people can train their digital media and democracy skills every day."
"An opinion is formed quickly, asking questions and understanding requires a bit more commitment. But it is precisely this commitment that is needed for our democracy. Online, it is often difficult - for young and old alike - to assess the credibility of information," says Dr. Tobias Schmid, Director of the NRW State Media Authority. "That's why it's important to tackle the issue of democratic competence and raise awareness of it, especially among our young democrats."
This year's Safer Internet Day, which takes place on February 8 under the motto "Fit for Democracy - Strong for Society," is intended to provide very concrete help in this regard.
The EU initiative klicksafe promotes the online competence of children and young people through a variety of offers. For them, as well as for teachers and all other interested parties, klicksafe experts have developed teaching materials and a knowledge quiz on democracy skills on the Internet, which are now available at klicksafe.de/sid .
The school class becomes a gym: #FitForDemocracy is a stationary activity for the classroom that is designed to reach and engage young people in the world they live in. The mental democracy training is structured like five training sessions of a gym. At each station, topics and situations are called up that young people encounter in both their physical and digital lives: How do I react to inhumane, discriminatory comments? How can I better classify the impact of fake news or conspiracy ideologies? How can I get actively involved in strengthening our democracy? How do I create a demo poster? The aim is to convey a sense of joy in democracy and community through creativity.
With more than 200 events and projects, foundations, companies, schools, youth organizations, educational institutions, associations and also private individuals are taking part in Safer Internet Day throughout Germany - this year, for the second time in a row, predominantly online for well-known reasons.
The EU initiative klicksafe is calling on people to participate in the wide range of digital formats and virtual workshops on the topics of media and democratic competence, or to contribute their own offerings at short notice. Planned activities can be found at https://www.klicksafe.de/sid-veranstaltungen-2022/ . Register your action or event at https://www.klicksafe.de/anmeldeformular-sid-2022/.
General information about klicksafe and the campaign theme of Safer Internet Day 2022 can be found on the klicksafe landing page https://www.klicksafe.de/sid.
With two videos, which will be published on 04.02.2022, young people can make themselves fit for the topic of democracy together with the two influencers and klicksafe ambassadors Jokah Tululu and Gardinia Borto.
In the electronic press kit, which is now available at klicksafe.de/sid/presse , you will find:
- Teaching material: The new klicksafe material #FitForDemocracy for schools and interested parties to download and order.
- Knowledge quiz "FitForDemocracy?" for young people.
- Participation Challenge: Digital poster template "What do you stand up for?" (online as of Feb. 02).
- klicksafe podcast on "Can democracy be learned?"
- Campaign videos with Gardinia Borto and Jokah Tululu on #FitForDemocracy (online from 04.02.).
- forsa survey: Current survey of 14- to 24-year-olds on false news and democracy (online from 08.02.).
Safer Internet Day (SID) is a global day of action for more online safety and a better Internet for children and young people. Since 2004, it has always taken place on the Tuesday of the second week in February and each year sets a new thematic focus as part of the international motto "Together for a better internet". In Germany, Safer Internet Day is coordinated by the EU initiative klicksafe.
klicksafe aims to promote people's online competence and to support them in their competent and critical use of the Internet with a wide range of offers. The EU initiative is politically and economically independent and is implemented in Germany by the media institutions in Rhineland-Palatinate (coordinator) and in North Rhine-Westphalia . On the website www.klicksafe.de , users can find a wide range of up-to-date information, practical tips and teaching materials on digital services and topics. The target groups are teachers, educators, parents, children, young people and multipliers. klicksafe is the national German awareness center and is funded by the CEF Telecom program of the European Union. Since 2008, klicksafe has also coordinated the Safer Internet Centre DE,which includes the Internet hotlines of eco, FSM and jugendschutz.net as well as the helpline Nummer gegen Kummer .
Link to Safer Internet Day
#FitForDemocracy (thematic reference)
#SID2022 and #SaferInternetDay (general, international)