SAILS Inspiring Practice Analysis on Risk Mitigation in Digital Childhood

This collection of inspiring digital practices is the second element leading to the SAILS Safe Resource for Parents. It is briefly presenting some practices that are:
– Aiming at supporting parents as educators in navigating online realities and supporting their children in doing so, and
– Implementing the risk mitigation approach promoted by SAILS based on a healthy balance of online rights.
The document is based on the legislative mapping of participating countries (Greece, Hungary, Netherlands and Spain) compared to international legislative realities that provide the basis of the SAILS approach.
Partners had explored country-specific inspiring practices and – not surprisingly – have only found very few. Thus, the authors have included less specific inspiration, primarily from industry, the Council of Europe and the DigiLitEY COST Action that are aiming at parents in all project countries.
It will be followed by the following:
– Research evidence on safe digital childhood
– Self-assessment tool for parents about their digital practices
– More inspiring practices for parents as educators, primarily offline practices that can build the necessary trust for parental advisory on online activities of children
– A summary of other outcomes of the SAILS project, especially the mock social network forming the core of the SAILS approach
The work done is explain and pursuing a risk mitigation instead of the more wide-spread risk prevention one, primarily based on General Comment No. 25 (March 2021) tot he UN Convention ont he Rights of the Child that
– – emphasises the importance of balancing ALL rights
– – gives parents a key role related to evolving capacities of the child
The deliverables are built on the most recent research evidence (eg. Sonia Livingstone, recent Cuncil of Europe research done with parents, research in the European Education Policy Network on Teachers and School Leaders (EEPN) on digital age and education, etc.)
While designing this resource the WHO recommendations on active and sedentary screen time and related documents are taken into account.
Last, but not least, the authors consider that parents have diverse approaches and methods.

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