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Pages: 7913-7920
Publication year: 2020
ISBN: 978-84-09-17979-4
ISSN: 2340-1117
doi: 10.21125/edulearn.2020.1991

Conference name: 12th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies
Dates: 6-7 July, 2020
Location: Online Conference

DIGITIZED EDUCATIONAL PREVENTIVE PROGRAM FOR CHILDREN PROTECTION: DEVELOPMENT OF THE CONTENT AND THE ROLE OF AN EDUCATOR

J. Pivoriene, B. Kairiene, A. Katkoniene

Mykolas Romeris university (LITHUANIA)
The goal of the presentation is to discuss the development of digitized educational preventive program for children protection which is being created during Erasmus+ Strategic partnership project (2019-1-TR01-KA204-077577). The project is implemented by partners from Greece, Italy, Lithuania, Spain, Turkey and coordinated by Kutahya Dumlupinar University (Turkey), however, the project has a wider scope then participating countries as developed digitized educational preventive program will be free of charge for any user from any country.
For this presentation two objectives are formulated: to describe the process of the development of the content of educational preventive program which was done by all project partners including presenters, and to highlight the challenges arising in implementation of the content using digital tools. Discussion of the first objective is based on a systematic literature review accompanied with narrative literature reviews in participating countries national languages and interviews with potential service users in every partners’ country, the discussion of the second objective is grounded on the experience of project’s team based on individual and group interviews.
The project aimed to address maltreatment and violence against children as regardless of the efforts to protect children around the world, this remains a serious global challenge. The main focus of the development of the program was to create awareness about the importance of child protection in societies and to decrease the level of violence against children at national and international levels. The program was developed in several interconnected stages. The process started from the need assessment which encompassed systematic literature review and qualitative research in every project country. The presenters were responsible for a systematic literature review in EBSCO (for scientific papers in English) and a narrative literature review in national language. Perception of maltreatment and violence is subjective, differs across cultural, racial, ethnic backgrounds. Child violence is defined according to socially accepted norms that are largely dictated by culture, for ex., physical punishment is still a common and socially acceptable practice in some countries. The systematic literature review and data of qualitative interview broadened knowledge of perceptions and believes about children maltreatment and violence across countries and served for project’s consortium as a basis for educational preventive program, which included training material, training videos, guidebooks for users.
During program development and implementation several challenges arose. First of all, the importance of educator role was essential in the successful program’s implementation as one of the crucial aspects was the communication with users, when “high-touch became more important than high-tech," i.e. high levels of accessibility was more important than high technology. Importance of encouraging users to stay involved and supporting them in the cases of technological and content-based challenges became crucial in the successful implementation of digitized educational preventive program. Secondly, the program’s sustainability issue hasn’t been solved as it is not decided yet who will be educators after the project’s end. Several possibilities are foreseen: to incorporate teaching in program to daily teaching activity workload when universities’ regulations allow to do so, to transfer the program to NGO working with violence against children, to make the content a self-supportive program which could operate without educator.
Summarizing could be said that educational preventive programs based on solid theoretical background and designed by using digitised technologies could be a powerful tool in supporting vulnerable people and solving social problems. However, in preventive programs the presence of educator is essential in reaching the target audience and keeping users involved during the process.
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J. Pivoriene, B. Kairiene, A. Katkoniene (2020) DIGITIZED EDUCATIONAL PREVENTIVE PROGRAM FOR CHILDREN PROTECTION: DEVELOPMENT OF THE CONTENT AND THE ROLE OF AN EDUCATOR, EDULEARN20 Proceedings, pp. 7913-7920.
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