Submitted by Anne Schanz on Thursday, 2nd June, 2011 — News item
With the high popularity of the mobile internet and the increasing number of different devices used, it becomes very difficult to monitor young people’s access and usage of new media. What we are regularly facing in our workshops are schools that entirely block Facebook and other social networking sites. However, technical measures alone can never be the solution – not only because the days in which the internet could only be accessed by a computer are over, but also because they won’t teach young people how to deal with inappropriate content or with being cyberbullied.
This is the key message that we try to convey especially to schools, and we hope to catch teachers’ interest through targeted resources. One of them is the teacher’s handbook on mobile phones. Over 56 pages, teachers find answers to relevant questions and get a brief overview on how mobile phone usage can be dealt with successfully and in everyone’s interest. Facts on mobile internet are featured in different chapters, and the handbook includes materials and ideas for classroom activities such as using apps or geo tagging applications creatively in class.
We are also about to launch a new flyer targeted at young people. The flyer will have the shape and the design of a smartphone and will provide a number of short and very basic tips on using mobiles, including the mobile internet. All resources can be downloaded on our website at Saferinternet.at. Further information on the work of the Austrian National Awareness Centre is available on the Insafe website, or visit the Saferinternet.at website.