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International initiatives

2.4. Educaunet

Educaunet was born in 2001 within the action plan 'Safer Internet', supported by the European Commission.

Three educational structures specialising in Media Literacy joined together to propose an educational response to the risks related to the use of the Internet (France : Clemi, Belgium : Media-animation and GreMS - UCL).

The Commission decided to promote three types of initiatives :

  • the establishment of a safer environment by the creation of a European network of phone permanency and by the installation of self-discipline mechanisms and a code of conduct ;
  • the development of filtering and classification systems ;
  • the development of actions by parents, teachers and children, to sensitise them to the Internet's potential and its disadvantages.

The Educaunet program was established in this third area.

Various phases of design, formation, experimentation and evaluation made it possible to produce a range of educational activities tested by nearly 1,500 young people from 8 to 18 years old and 60 adults. They are joined together in a bag of formation 'learning pack' and in a 'multimedia box', distributed in France and Belgium.

In October 2002, the European Commission maintained Educaunet in the second part of its action plan, alongside two other Europeans projects. Ten partners (from seven countries) - Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Greece, Portugal and the United Kingdom - joined together to adapt Educaunet according to the various national contexts.

The same working method as for the first project was followed. A first seminar made it possible for the 10 teams to share their reflections on the education to Internet with Media literacy lines, as suggested by Educaunet, and to define common objectives.

From October 2002 to August 2003, each 5 country lately partners (Austria, Denmark, Greece, Portugal and United Kingdom) analysed, tested, enriched and finally validated the method and the Educaunet tools, with teachers, parents and young people in class.

Between September and December 2003, the 10 partners shared their results and agreed on the evolution of Educaunet. They retained a dozen activities, accompanied or not by specific tools. It was decided to produce a European common box, declined in the six languages used by the partners countries.

In order to preserve European coherence and regional specificities, all the documents were elaborated in the same way :

  • For each activity and tool selected, the Educaunet team wrote a common sheet in English relating to the objectives, the age brackets and specifying the course of the activity;
  • They translated it into the language of each member's country, with specific adaptations according to the cultural and educational contexts.

In May 2004, the European prototype was officially presented at Thessalonica to representatives of the educational structures of each country. Each country began to look for partners to distribute the European box in its country.


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