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Official website of Erasmus +, KA1 Youth Mobility , “What they don’t say us?”
July 15 – July 22, 2017 Struga, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
Media is all around us and it affects our life more then we can imagine. When people think about it, first thing that comes on mind is that main mission for media is to inform society. Maybe it is the main one, but for sure it is not the only.
Media must show multiplicity about society cultures, races, languages and bring them all together. Unfortunately it doesn’t. It is not rare, when media displays situations completely differently from the truth. That is a problem, because media has a lot of power in their hands and they can easily manipulate with human society. To avoid this situation, people have to know how they work. Especially the youth has to develop critical thinking.
Nowadays it is very common situation that, before hiring someone, employer checks him in social media, for example Facebook. There are a lot of examples in real life when youngster gets a refuse on job innervation only because of something that employer found on internet about him. We want to pay young people attention to this problem, that they must think twice before putting something on internet. Also marketing calls from agencies are caused by putting your personal information where it should not be. And these are only few examples how wrong choice on internet can affect young people life and further career.
Another topic that we paid attention to – how to develop critical thinking and to obtain information from different media sources – whom to believe, whom not, where to look for additional information.
What were the objectives?
We want that every youngster is equally informed about ways how media works, how to analyze critically every information and step in social media.
During the project we discovered about media in our patipants coutries.
We think that young people with good grades at school are more well informed about this information, we also want to share our experience about this problem with young people who have difficulties to learn, because they are usually those who are more easily been manipulated to, and makes mistakes in social media not keeping their personal information safe.
International dimension in this project gives it added value, because, as example, from previous projects we are already informed about high level of corruption in media and other fields in The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. The information, knowledge and experince they can share about this topic will be very useful. Also other partners has a different kind of experience than in Latvia.
All the information to youngsters was given using informal education starting with energizers to keep them active and continuing with international and national group works, so they could use English and their mother tongue, making videos for improving digital skills, making posters, discussions, brainstormings.
Knowing how to analyze media, paying attention to their personal profiles in social media will make their life much more easier, help in their education and in further career.