The Dynamic Identity project aims to empower students in the ages of 11 to 18 by increasing their understanding of, and skills surrounding, the construction and expression of online identities, especially in relation to online profiling by businesses. Teenagers will improve their digital capacities at self-expression and the protection of their online personae. They will gain increased awareness of processes surrounding, for example, targeted advertising and will learn coping mechanisms to increase their resilience in dealing with online experiences, both positive and negative. These abilities are normally not taught at school.
The main project outcome is a manual for a multiple-session workshop that teachers are to conduct at their own schools. The main workshop themes are online self-presentation and online profiling.
The workshop consists of tasks, theoretical introductions and discussions. The tasks will confront the participants with themselves and their own identities: with their assumptions, with their attitudes and with their decisions, or lack of them, so far. The tasks will be supported by state-of-the-art technology (Augmented Reality) and by traditional technology (film and photography). The goal of the confrontations is to generate self-reflection. The theoretical introductions provide the teenagers with a framework that helps them put their self-reflection into words, while the discussions will give them a chance to share their self-reflections.
The Dynamic Identity project is implemented by eight partners from four countries: eLaw, University of Leiden (the Netherlands), Crystal Clear Soft (Greece), Ezzev Foundation (the Netherlands),CWI (the Netherlands), Fundacja Citizen Project (Poland), Favinom Consultancies (Cyprus),PAEPSM (Greece) and GCPU (Poland)
This project is funded with support from the European Commission. This text reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.