“Fake news” and “fake facts” became not only fashionable keywords but actual threats to democratic values. Especially young people, who spend increasing amounts of time on the Internet and with social media, are targeted by fake news for propaganda and profit reasons. Therefore, they need empowerment and knowledge to outsmart the ever-present flow of intentional misinformation.
The two year ERASMUS+ project (2017-2019) “Fostering Adolescents’ Knowledge and Empowerment in Outsmarting Fake Facts” (FAKE OFF), conducted by bit schulungscenter, aimed at fostering young people’s internet literacy, creating awareness of intentional misinformation and enabling them to identify and avoid “fake news”.
Thus, a DIDACTIC CONCEPT and LEARNING MATERIAL for teachers, trainers and youth workers as well as an APP for young people was developed and established:
– to support the individual learning process of young people in the context of digital literacy
– to increase the participation of young people in the critical debate of news and internet content
– to develop young people’s capacity to evaluate published information and act accordingly
– to allow a systematic approach to digital literacy for young people and professionals working with them
- The developed learning material is available in 5 different languages (EN, DE, POR, ESP, IT).
- The developed App is available in the Google Play Store (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.fakeoff) and in the Apple App Store (https://apps.apple.com/pt/app/project-fake-off/id1496765847?l=en) free of charge.
More information about the project and the resources can be found on the website.