WHAT IS INTERNET LITERACY PROGRAM?
Internet Literacy Program (ILP) is an educational program focusing on digital awareness. It aims to empower children’s abilities to absorb digital information. Our goals include:
- To provide supportive educational assistance for children to upgrade their absorption of digital information.
- To assist children’s understanding to retrieve, share, & communicate digital contents and to know how to protect their privacy (personal information).
- To involve parents’ participation in supervising children’s activities on the internet by facilitating education in internet literacy.
WHAT INSPIRES US
Internet is likely an inseparable aspect in today’s life for people of all ages around the world, particularly children. In Indonesia, the internet users reached 143.26 millions of people in 2017 (source: APJII) and most of them were the youngest generation (aged 13-18), accounted for 75.50%. It indicates that many children have had the access to digital media. Meanwhile, the intensity of accessing the internet is in-line with the possibility of both positive and negative exposure. The higher the intensity, the higher the exposure, and vice versa.
Children as digital natives have been familiar with the Internet and technological devices since the early age. The Internet penetration may lead children to the exposure of various and unexpected contents. Project Child Indonesia believes that children have the rights to know and understand important issues, such as hoax, cyberbullying, personal safety, and hate speech that they might find on the Internet. Therefore, we initiated Internet Literacy Program (ILP) in 2017 to advocate the educational process of the Internet literacy in Yogyakarta primary schools.
Through non-formal educational program, we would like to engage the students in fun activities and discussions related to the internet. Besides, we also invite their parents in a seminar talking about the current digital issues affecting the children and about preventive cooperative actions they could do.
WHAT WE DO
We teach the students about internet-related topics, such as introduction to the internet, social media, cyber bullying, personal safety, hoax, and positive negative contents. Implementing the student-centered learning approach is the key to design the learning activities. Through this approach, the volunteers plan fun activities that are expected to encourage children’s enthusiasm, confidence & creativity and spark their curiosity. During 2017-2018, around 576 students have actively and directly involved in our program.
It is conducted once in the beginning of the academic year. It aims to not only update them with the current child-related digital issues and the possible preventive efforts, but also to have interactive discussions. We believe that parents’ involvement is substantial as they are the first and closest stakeholder to every child. They are able to educate their children with the best way to utilize digital media and contents on daily basis. Up to 2018, approximately 270 parents and teachers have directly participated in the discussions.
- Baseline and endline research to measure the progress of the children attending this program
- Educational monitoring to pay attention to students’ progress and volunteers’ performance
- Program monitoring to compile the data on program implementation
Twice a month in each of the 7 partner elementary schools which one meeting lasts for around one hour. In planning for the schedules, we cooperate with the teachers to define the best time. Therefore, every school might have different duration and schedule depending on the available time they have.
Prior to teaching, volunteers are encouraged and obliged to attend Pedagogical Training to prepare them about the general information on teaching and class conditions. Besides, we provide a class observation opportunity for every volunteer but
- Lesson planning
- Class evaluations with the team
- Trainings and monthly meeting
If you would like to obtain the updates on ILP and other programs of Project Child Indonesia, you could explore our website, Facebook (Project Child Indonesia), and Instagram account (@project.child).
If you are interested in Project Child implementing internet literacy at your school or community, or would like to donate computers or supplies, please email our team at firstname.lastname@example.org.