ARRISE International Conference: Democratic Competences in the Digital Era [6th of July, 2017]

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When6-7 July 2017 (7 July - only for project partners)

Where: SNSPA, 30A, Expozitiei Boulevard, Sector 1, Bucharest (see map below)

Agenda draft: here

In Romania, in 2015, over 10 million people had access to internet, and the most numerous users among them were the ones with ages between 14 and 21 years old. Even in rural areas, the internet use has increased. And all of this is happening in the context in which Romania is one of the countries with the highest speed of Internet.

According to a study undertaken in 2014 by the organization “Save the Children”[1] on a sample of 1214 children and 1214 parents, 78% of Romanian children use the internet daily or almost every day, and 90% use at least one social media network (Facebook 94%, Google Plus 58%, 34%, Twitter 18%).

Among them, 17% said they spent less time with family, friends or doing homework because of hours spent online, and 33% have met face to face with a stranger (20% said they were bothered by that person).

Moreover, 47% of respondents said they were harassed in the offline environment, while 45% admitted to being harassed online. In the case of the latter, we should especially mention the phenomenon of cyberbullying. In another more recent study (2016) conducted by the same organization[2], it was concluded that 73% of children said they had witnessed a situation of bullying at school and 69% witnessed this type of behaviour in the online environment.

On the other hand, with great internet speed and with great liberty, comes also a great responsibility. And here comes our role, as same as the role of teachers and of relevant authorities and organizations that activate in the field, in preventing and combating online negative phenomena, such as cyberbullying, hate speech, intolerance, and discrimination. But also in providing the necessary competences, such as critical thinking, in order of young people to be able to distinguish between true and false information.

Through this project, we would like to help teachers navigate the ever-changing landscape of social media and provide them with tools and skills on how to inspire their pupils to act according to CDC on the web. The goal is to shape the model of competence for democratic culture into an effective curriculum tackling social media.

The event is organized as part of the "Democratic Culture in Action - Democratic Competences in the Digital Era" project, financed by the Council of Europe and the European Commission and implemented in Romania by ARRISE in partnership with SNSPA. Foreign partners; Czech Republic, Armenia, Belarus, Serbia, Bulgaria and Croatia.

Please confirm your attendance no later than the 3rd of July, 2017.

For more information about the project, please go to:


Facebook page of the project: 
Facebook page dedicated to teachers and people interested in digital education and competences: 
Facebook page of ARRISE; 
Website the Department of International Relations and European Studies, SNSPA:
Website SNSPA:



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