More CRITICAL thinking, less risk in online world

The importance of being always well informed is essential to take the best decisions and, even more so, in these days that the totally unexpected, COVID-19 has installed itself in one way or another in our lives, forcing us to establish new ways of relationships or interactions both in our work environment and in the personal.

For some sectors, teleworking has been an alternative to closures or cessations of the activity, offering to their employees a responsible solution in this situation.

For others, who, by mandatory law, or by a co-responsible or supportive behavior, experience confinement, the digital tools will also help them to feel more interconnected or, at least, less isolated from the rest of humanity.

However, although we find these data positive and even hopeful, they are not so positive when we know the context in which they appear: before this crisis broke out, European Union studies on cyber security indicated that 86% of Europeans felt vulnerable to the risk of becoming victims of cybercrimes, a typology that currently accounts for 50% of all crimes.

In addition, other dangers such as hoaxes, “fake news” or radicalism appear more spontaneously than usual and in groups considered to be of reference and trust for individuals. We refer to groups of friends or family in Whatsapp or neighbors ‘communities in social media among other examples…

 

This also means that the dangers are exposed at an even collective level because of the rapid spread of certain alarmist news. Data provided by the Eurobarometer of fake news and online disinformation less than 2 years ago indicated that only a very low percentage of the European population detected with certainty any hoax or false news.

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In this context of vulnerability and from teleworking, we contribute with the project CRITICAL, co-financed by the ERASMUS+ programme that aims to empower European adults by making them capable of adopting more critical approaches to the information and news they receive.

Furthermore, the CRITICAL educational platform, based on active learning methodologies, aims to be an innovative tool also for adult educators helping their learners to identify and face the challenges and dangers of the internet and the information they receive in their daily lives.

 

We hope to be able to contribute a lot to this great challenge, if you are interested, don’t forget to follow us also in our social networks.