Digital citizens belong to the digital society. They use technology to actively engage in and with society. Digital citizenship empowers people to reap the benefits of digital technology in a safe and effective way.
“Our learners need to be equipped with a wide variety of digital skills to be allowed to be in the driving seat of technological-based innovation.”
The Digital Single Market strategy aims to have every European digital. However, children and young people have particular needs and vulnerabilities. Therefore, governments, civil society and industry have a joint responsibility – together with parents, teachers and peers – to ensure that the internet is a place of opportunities for everyone to access knowledge, to communicate, to develop skills and to improve job perspectives and employability.
At European Schoolnet, we believe that digital and media literacies enable children and young people to become critical thinkers, to actively analyse, evaluate and create media messages, and to act responsibly in an online environment.
In our view, we can all help to make a difference. Following the latest online trends and issues through the Better Internet for Kids (BIK) portal or BIK bulletin, promoting a safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones on Safer Internet Day, becoming a certified eSafety Label school, using the ENABLE resource packs for students, teachers or parents to empower young people and eliminate bullying, or reading – in your own language –the Web We Want handbook for teens or educators, are just a few examples.
• A safer online environment: Better Internet for Kids
• A global day of focus on a safer and better internet: Safer Internet Day
• Certified accreditation for schools: eSafety Label
• Combat bullying through online and offline interactions: ENABLE
• Foster critical thinking for digital citizens: Web We Want
• Managing internet and mobile phone use: Family internet management tool
To be active citizens in today’s society we all need to be conversant with technology, as our everyday life is intertwined with digital tools. To function in a digital world, we need digital skills. We need them for learning, for work, for interacting with services, for buying and selling online, for entertainment, and for cultural, political and civic participation.
Digital skills cannot be limited to operational, passive use. They involve active creation, critical understanding, and problem solving through digital means. Education should strive to empower learners to become creators rather than just consumers of technologies.
European Schoolnet supports the enhancement of digital skills of young people in a variety of ways. This is done through the support of digital skills for the employability of young people in projects such as I-LINC, eSkills for Jobs and the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition. Through the European Coding Initiative, a public-private partnership coordinated by European Schoolnet, we also promote innovative ways to teach computer science and programming.
• Empowering youth for employability: I-LINC
• Raising awareness on opportunities for careers with digital skills: eSkills for Jobs
• Bridging the digital skills gap: Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition
Coding and computational thinking
• Promoting teaching, and learning coding and programming: European Coding Initiative
• Understanding the uptake of computational thinking in formal education: Computhink
For a more in-depth look at our projects, see the current projects gallery.