Here we present the good practices from the SMaRT-EU project. You will also find support for the future replication of SMaRT-EU activities.
Intergenerational Tools for Social Media Resilience
Scroll through a showcase of our favourite tools from the project, chosen by the SMaRT-EU Team
"This is a truly multilingual tool and can be used with different end users, from the most to less skilled." - MJB
"These videos are dynamic and visually appealing. Furthermore, the fact that they have adopted a simple and informal language makes them useful materials to enlighten individuals of various ages on topics related to digital communication - such as fake news and disinformation and the role and work of influencers. In addition, these are good resources for promoting discussion and sharing among participants in intergenerational activities, as they get younger people excited about sharing their opinions and insights ,and make older people curious to learn more about the topics covered." - AO
"This tool allows the aggregation of the various existing materials in the area, which can be used in different contexts and with different end users. In addition, it allowed us to understand the existing gaps that the project can fill." -CC
"I love how the topics are broken down into clear steps, they are very useable and can be adaptedd to a variety of circumstances" - AK
"All of the videos are great but this one in particular has sparked so many interesting conversations around what influencers do. Appearances can be very deceptive!" -GA
"I believe we really learned some new insights doing the intergenerational focus groups that are interesting for a diverse audience and Marju explains them very well in the video." -ALeC
"The b-learning course gives the option of just learning some theoretical concepts or to explore further doing the exercises and exploring the extra resources. It’s a nice way to showcase what we have done in the project, while providing some extra frameworks" -ALeC
"The whole course is clear, simple and straight to the point. It is a very useful tool to make the first acquaintance with the whole information disorder topic." - MHK
"The focus groups were the best way to get in touch with professionals related to the MIL field and learn from their experiences. The chats were enriching and eye-opening." -BTP
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Highlights and Results
There are three dimensions to address the SMaRT-EU good practices in Portugal.
1 – The construction of the repositorium (http://smart-toolkit.eu/guide-on-disinformation-social-media2/ ) was a challenge. One of the main challenges was to create a participative dimension to the repositorium. We found out that the form is an interactive way to assure the collaboration of SMaRT-EU’s audience, in an easy and organized way. We think this is a good practice. Thus, in a truly collaborative way, the spreadsheet can be updated with inputs from the project’s team and other academics, but also from ordinary citizens and end-users. In this sense this is not a static repository and clearly aims to be an interactive source. This repository collects 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 aim to provide useful and easily usable content for ordinary citizens or diverse educational contexts. In line with the participatory approach that guides the project, we decided to ensure the possibility of each and any citizen to make suggestions for content to be included in the repository.
2 – Workshops – the transposition of the workshop to an online model was maybe one of the most relevant challenges of the project.
Portuguese PDFs available here: http://smart-toolkit.eu/participatory-workshops-portugal/
These are some of the reflections that came out of it:
- Journalism students: two levels of participation – The Portuguese team worked with journalism students that acted as project young researchers and at the same time as project participants. This was an interesting and fruitful approach. On one hand they started to work with the team adapting and reinforcing the workshop’s contents. They were important for instance specifically in the workshop on Influencers, also because one of them was an influencer himself and they brought refreshed knowledge to the team while they also improved their research skills. On the other hand, they were part of the team in the delivery of the workshops, acting at the same time as participants and actively participating in the conversations. This allowed students to gain more knowledge about the topics covered, to acquire research skills and also to test their ability to get actively involved in participatory action research projects.
- Technical difficulties – internet connection, availability of devices, technical conditions;
- Recruitment of participants – difficulties in recruiting older groups of participants. Online environment can be a demotivating aspect. However, this aspect can also be a positive, because we were able to approach in the same workshop people that were in different cities. If we were working in the offline world it would be unlikely to happen.
- For the older ones the encounter through digital tools allows overcoming the constraints of the encounter in presence, but does not replace it.In some cases, the barrier of the screen was an inhibitor.
- Participants over 90 years old considered that they had never been on the internet, even though they used the internet for conversation during the pandemic;
- Some of the participants had their internet search experience during the workshops.
- Preliminary results indicate the existence of different positions based on gender, both with regard to the topics addressed and the online methodology implemented. It is suggested that in the groups with greater knowledge about the themes addressed, there was a male predominance in terms of participation; This was a group of people that are really interested in knowing more about these issues. One of them is a digital strategist and digital activist. The research team learned a lot with some of the participants. In these workshops participated 2 siblings and a grandparent; and also a father and a daughter.
- In the groups coming from areas marked by social and economic inequalities, female voices dominated the discussions, especially regarding the concerns with the risks and potentialities of the social networks and in the curiosity for topics they did not know or wanted to know more about.
- Adults were more participative in the sessions than younger people. Participants presented practical examples from their daily life. The session about Influencers was the contrary, it was fully participated with young people. They prepared a radio show related with the themes of the workshops, particularly about Influencers.
3 – Focus groups – the specific focus groups with intergenerational pairs were very rewarding for us, as we were able to see in a truly intergenerational perspective grandparents and grandsons interacting in helpful manners about digital uses, thoughts and future perspectives.
Glossary of Resources
Intergenerational Practice. Generations working together
Disinformation: how to recognise and tackle Covid-19 myths. European Parliament News