Using Smart(phone) – Italy

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Dates: 6—12 October 2020

Venue: Palermo, Italy

Number of participants: 6+1GL

Programme & action: ERASMUS+, Key Action 1: youth exchange

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Hosting organisation: HRYO (Human Rights Youth Organization)

Participating countries: Greece, Malta, Czech Republic, Italy

Project description:

The project Using Smart(phone) addresses a topic which is particularly relevant among young people: the internet use habits and the excessive use of smartphone in their daily life. At different levels, communities, and individuals are influenced by a wide range of social media websites, web applications, educational resources, internet marketing, research and so on and so forth, with increasing smartphone addiction across countries and communities. The Global Digital Report of 2019 shows an impressive rise in the use of digital tools. The data relating to the European geographical area indicate that the daily use of the internet through the mobile phone has grown in the last 4 years. The total monthly mobile data traffic to smartphones has recorded an increase of 45% as annual change in Europe. In the same research, the data about the monthly active social media users, are on average above the 59% of the population.*

The project aims to:

  • raise awareness on the addictions connected to the mobile phones and the internet use;
  • take full advantages of technological advances without demonizing innovative digital tools;
  • create an alternative and healthier way of using digital tools and internet;
  • boost a change in youngsters’ attitude, to free their daily life from any conditioning.
  • encourage intercultural dialogue and communication on the topic, increase self-empowerment of the young people through the reflection, critical thinking and confrontation on their attitude, know the potential of non-formal education as a method to gain the soft skills recognised by the Youthpass.

 

The flow of activities will lead the participants towards the analysis of their attitude, through the drafting of a personal report and the achievement of a better consciousness on the addictive approach to the smartphone, through brainstorming, research, interviews, documentaries and other activities.

The path that the exchange will follow intend to trigger a healthier behaviour to face the conditioning that the smartphones can provoke in youngsters’ lives. The project wants to give the chance to the participants to analyse the issue by highlighting positive and negative aspects of the advanced technological tools. The development of a healthier approach to the issue will be the basis for the creation of a compelling awareness raising campaign. The participants will produce and distribute stickers and flyers and they will implement a public intervention that will involve the local community.

This awareness raising campaign will drive their engagement on a wider tangible impact: sending a beneficial message that can be spread widely.

Youngsters’ perception of the negative effects connected to their internet habits and the smartphone use is a real and pressing issue.
The project wants to break the morbid affection increased by the growing multifunctionality of digital tools and an easier access to the internet during the last decade. At the same time, we don’t want to demonize technological advances but creating a positive attitude to the use of internet.

Expected results:
At the end of the YE, participants will:

  • benefit from the intercultural dialogue and communication on the topic
  • becoming more aware of the differences across EU countries
  • learn more about the potential of non-formal education as a method to gain soft skills
  • reflect on their own identity as a key for self-empowerment;
  • learn more about potential issues connected to their internet habits and smartphone use,
  • investigating and reflecting on the consequences of our morbid affection to digital tools (also critical
  • thinking to tackle fake news circulation and cyberbullying);
  • become conscious of their habits;
  • develop, apply and disseminate a healthier approach that can improve people’s interactions and coexistence with digital tools, taking full advantage of technological advances in a positive way;
  • develop an awareness raising campaign and being active player in the all the steps of the process, including the preparation and the implementation of the public intervention.

Profil group leadera:

Each partner is required to choose a person that will be the group leader, in charge of:

  • collecting the invoices and original boarding passes and bus/train tickets for the reimbursement;
  • preparing and leading some of the activities of the exchange together with the group;
  • monitoring the participants involvement in the activities of the youth exchange; being the spokesperson for the national group.

Participants’ profile:
The project Using Smart(phone) will involve 28 participants, 7 for each country, namely 6 young participants plus a youth leader. The range of age of the participants is between 18 and 25 years of age. According to the statistics, this range of age include young people who use more the internet and therefore is the target group which is most at risk of developing an addiction to the smartphone. There are no age limits for youth leaders. The participants may come from diverse backgrounds, but it is necessary their interest and engagement in the topic.

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