6.8 Media literacy and safe use of new media
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NATIONAL CYBER SECURITY STRATEGY (renew version valid from 1 January, 2021 (renew in 18 November 2020) was adopted by the resolution of the Lithuanian government in August 2018. Young people are not singled out as a separate target group.
The national strategy on media and information literacy (MIL) does not exist; however the concept of MIL is included into national guidelines prepared by the Ministry of Education, Sports and Science on skills and competences for secondary schools: the Information Literacy Framework Programme for Primary Education, and Information Technology Framework Programme for Basic Education.
As stated in the Education and Training Monitor 2020 Lithuania, a relatively high share of young people possess above basic digital skills. In Lithuania, 71% of individuals aged 16-19 reported in 2019 that they have above basic digital skills (EU-27 57%). Older age groups, however, report significantly lower shares. Compared to other EU countries, a relatively high share of lower secondary teachers (61.8% v EU 46.1%) report that they let students use ICT for projects or class work (OECD, 2019). Ongoing curriculum reform aims to improve digital competences also at primary level.
Media literacy and online safety through formal education
The Information Literacy Framework Programme for primary education, and Information Technology Framework Programme for basic and secondary Education are supplemented by methodological help (books, guidelines, lesson plans) for teaching media literacy at secondary schools (all grades) and in non-formal or informal education. This methodological help was the result of the projects of critical thinking and media literacy implemented nationally by the National Education Agency aimed at in integrating MIL into primary, basic, secondary and non-formal education.
MIL is included into agenda of the events, organized by Education Development Centre, attended by teachers and education stakeholders (youth education centres, youth organisations etc.).
Promoting media literacy and online safety through non-formal and informal learning
The Information Literacy Framework Programme for Primary Education, and Information Technology Framework Programme for Basic Education are supplemented by methodological help (books, guidelines, lesson plans) for teaching media literacy at secondary schools (all grades) and in non-formal or informal education. This methodological help was the result of the project of Critical Thinking and Media Literacy implemented nationally by Education Development Centre together with Nordic Council of Ministers Office in Lithuania and Ministry of Education and Science and project partners: Nordic information Centre for Media and Communication Research NORDICOM, Swedish Media Council, universities and other national actors in the field of media literacy education (see section above: Media literacy and online safety through formal education).
Raising awareness about the risks posed by new media
The activities of the National Safer Internet Center in Lithuania are implemented by the National Education Agency and association Window to the Future which carries out information activities and promoting young people’s media literacy. The specific targets have been set to enable 1) raising young people media literacy awareness, 2) a hotline that receives and processes user reports of illegal activity and harmful Internet content; 3) helpline for children and young people who have encountered problems while using Internet technologies with ridicule, bullying or other means of intimidation. The portal Pilietis.eu administered by association Window to the Future provides tutorials on various digital technology and MIL topics.