Traditional and New Features of ALL DIGITAL Week 2018 in Lithuania

It is not so easy to run the campaign for the 8th time and attract citizens with some new activities.  This year ALL DIGITAL Week 2018 sent out a clear message -  we should step up our efforts to understand and embody changes in digital technology and adapt new knowledge, both at work and in life, with the aim of continuously improving digital skills to better adapt to the changing work environment. But have to care safety online. So this year the national coordinator Langas į ateitį shared its responsibility with National Digital Coalition of Lithuania and some new partners.  

Thanks to the general partner M. Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania, the campaign activities in Lithuania were better visible in the capital Vilnius, not only regional libraries as years before.

This year there were 64 different offline and online events in Lithuania. The activities were held together with 7 partners and over 40 libraries of Lithuania and attracted over 6,500 people - schoolchildren, civil servants, librarians, seniors and other interested participants.

Activities involved different content- threats and opportunities online, fake news, new GDPR regulation issues, basic computer classes, mobile phone and internet etc.

Emotional Affection Can be Used against Us

On the very first day of the campaign we met with a nice group of 50 youngsters in the National library. Tomas Čeponis, the representative of the Strategic Communication Department of the Lithuanian Armed Forces, presented on the changed information environment, fake news, bullying and how every citizen has to prepare to recognize the threats and protect himself.

"You should not be surprised that the relationship to information is most often driven by sympathy, emotional affection which can be used against us. Therefore, it is necessary to develop the ability to separate the true message from the false. One of the indicators - perhaps the message is too good or attractive to be real", commented T. Čeponis.

He also advised younger people to talk with their elderly relatives, not to be discouraged from interpreting the features of reliable and unreliable information, because senior people may not be able to easily understand the changed features of the information space. On the other hand, more experienced elderly people can also help young people to identify certain threats.

Do Not Rush to Provide Personal Data

Dovilė Almanienė, Advisor to the Prevention Division of the State Data Protection Inspectorate, presented a lecture on personal data protection regarding new GDPR regulation. The lecture was devoted to the users and the lecturer explained what personal data is, how to protect your personal data, challenges faced by the users.

She pointed out the responsibility of all when providing personal data online, especially for direct marketing. “Often, we are too easily sharing our phone numbers and email addresses without knowing which data will be used later, for example by participating in various lotteries or games, and then being monitored by the flow of direct marketing communications", - said D. Almanienė.

Ms. D. Almanienė explained the rights of users and their personal data after May 25, after the entry into force of the General Data Protection Regulation in EU.

Primary School Students are Active Learners about Online Safety

Our partner Lithuanian Safer Internet Youth Forum was invited to take part in ALL DIGITAL Week 2018, and the Forum representatives (active high school students) visited 4 primary schools with an interactive lesson "Be Safe on the Internet" attended by 96 schoolchildren in total (sweet souvenirs to all). The experience was very successful, so it could become a constant activity of the campaign – children participated in the lessons and learned safe behaviour rules on Facebook: 

  • Do I need to care about "friends"?
  • How to recognize bullying on the Internet?
  • What can be transmitted to public spaces (photos, videos)?
  • How to communicate on smart phones and create blogs safely?

by Loreta Krizinauskiene, Langas i Ateiti

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