Information and knowledge have never been as valuable as they are today. But they have also never been as dangerous to citizenship as they are. This means that it is important to study and reflect on digital environments and to discuss disinformation and its dangers.
The SMaRT-EU project aims to provide tools, suggestions and resources to train young people, older adults and educators to be more resilient to misinformation and fake news. With a main focus on social media and the phenomenon of fake news, the project seeks to create a repository and new materials related to critical engagement with media, especially social media, that are usable by the targeted end-user groups. This repository gathers materials, in a systematised way, targeted at each of the end-user groups and related to the three main themes covered by the project. In turn, the new materials developed by the project team will aim to provide useful and easily usable content for ordinary citizens or in diverse educational contexts.
In addition, the project is carrying out intergenerational workshops on fake news, critical agency for social media and media for civic agency on a local level with young people and older adults. The aim is to empower participants in critical and agentive media literacy, by addressing pressing media literacy and civic engagement themes.