Learn to discern: Self defense against misinformation

The Erasmus+ strategic partnership project "Learn to discern: Self defense against misinformation" (L2D) addresses the pressing need to equip youth workers with the knowledge and skills necessary to navigate the digital landscape that shapes our daily lives.

L2D project recognizes the significance of developing 21st-century skills, such as critical thinking, communication, and collaboration. By doing so, we aim to empower our youth, fostering their capacity for civic participation and active engagement. It is not just about countering misinformation; it's about creating well-rounded, informed citizens who can contribute meaningfully to society.

L2D project created a flexible learning offer for youth workers - the gatekeepers of youth work to improve their media literacy competences and to transmit these skills to youth they work with.

Through this learning youth workers are expected to able to build their awareness of the challenges and opportunities that young people face online, to explore strategies for engaging in young people’s digital lives and empowering them to use technology in a stronger, smarter, and safer way.

Objectives :

*Educate and support youth workers and trainers’ acquisition of media literacy competences by developing learning resources and innovative tools using non-formal education.
*Empower young people's capacity to use media literacy strategies for spotting fake news, and make responsible choices about the world of news around them.
*Inspire youth workers and youth organizations to integrate the strategic use of ICT tools and open-source software in youth education, training and youth systems to combat disinformation and fake news.
*Enhance young people’s skills such as critical thinking, communication, and digital skills, with the use of innovative digital tools and resources.
*Increase the quality of youth work in Europe by modernizing the teaching practices of youth workers through the use of innovative approaches that are in line with young people’s daily habits and needs.

The project involved six partners from Europe. The benefits of transnational cooperation derive from the fact that the objectives set can be better achieved at the EU level than at the national, regional or local level.

Partners implemented the research to identify capacity gaps in media literacy and to define areas for intervention in the development of the next project outcomes and project e-learning platform. The aim was to supply youth workers and trainers with a digital and media literacy comprehensive set of micro training tools that have been undertaken by the partners and that can be easily followed to implement and to replicate it in another EU countries. Modules cover a broad spectrum of topics, including:

1. Social Education: Teaching the correct behavior on social media, emphasizing the importance of respectful and ethical online interactions.
2. Digital Skills: An introduction to DIGCOM, exploring the fundamentals of digital communication and fostering effective online communication skills.
3. Safe Online Use: Equipping participants with strategies to protect themselves from online threats and ensuring a secure digital presence.
4. The Dark Side of the Internet for Young People: Shedding light on potential dangers and pitfalls of the online world, preparing youth to recognize and avoid them
5. How to Get Correct Online Information: Empowering individuals to critically assess online information sources, promoting digital literacy and discernment.
6. Young Digital Detox: Encouraging a healthy balance between online and offline life, promoting mental and emotional well-being.
7. Social Media and Environment: Exploring the impact of digital technology on the environment and promoting responsible digital consumption.
8. Digital Well-being: Focusing on techniques and practices to maintain a healthy and balanced digital lifestyle


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This project has been founded with support from the European Commission by Erasmus+ Programme. This publication reflects the views only of the author and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

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