Digital Literacy Taught to Youth in Serbia Using Video

Digital literacy is of great importance for our everyday communication and information exchange. The digital sphere has integrated into our lives so seamlessly, but to navigate its intricacies we need to be able to create, evaluate, share, and even create sources of information. Media & Reform Centre Nis (MRCN), a CSO in Serbia, explores what it means to live in the era of digital literacy in the project that educates youth using video content.

The project ‘Living in the Era of Digital Literacy’ is part of the sub-granting scheme of the regional project »Media for Citizens, Citizens for Media«, implemented in five countries of the Western Balkans. The aim of the projects is to increase the CSOs’ capacities for promotion of MIL practices and policies at a local level. In this series we present a number of implemented projects.

The main goal of the project was to create easily understandable, engaging video content that educates its viewers on what digital literacy is, how big of an impact it has in the everyday life, and also how to safely use the most common digital tools.

This educational content was primarily aimed at young people, 15-25 years old. Through social media, these videos have reached more than 20.000 people. Moreover, the series has been distributed to local TV stations and news portals for free, so the estimated reach is over 50.000.

As a part of the previously established good practice, MRCN has distributed the videos to more than 90 high schools in the southeast region of Serbia, and some high schools have agreed to use the videos as part of their curriculum in MIL classes.

Furthermore, high schoolers and university students interested in further exploring this subject attended two-day MIL and internet safety webinars hosted by experienced journalists and MIL educators as well as a digital safety expert.

The whole video series can be found here (in Serbian).

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The regional program “Media for Citizens – Citizens for Media: Strengthening the Capacity of NGOs for the Development of Media and Information Literacy in the Western Balkans” is implemented with the support of the European Union by partner organizations Mediacentar SarajevoAlbanian Media Institute,Macedonian Institute for MediaMontenegrin Media InstituteNovi Sad School of JournalismPeace InstituteSEENPM.