7-12: Internet and Big Data

The course deals with the complex topics of "Internet and Big Data" in relation to the age group of children between 7 and 12 years and its importance for children. It gives an overview of the development of the internet and its opportunities and risks as well as Big Data and Smart Home in the context of youth and data protection. Furthermore, the course gives an overview of the biggest problematic contents and how to deal with them. Finally, the course shows ways how media education on the topic can succeed at home.

The course is modularised and makes it possible to offer and conduct a media education parents' evening on the topic of "Internet and Big Data (7-12 years)" at educational (leisure) institutions. Learning is promoted through helpful practical materials and the supportive environment on the internet. The course consists of five modules, accompanied throughout by tips, practical exercises and feedback questions.

  • The internet is fast becoming trusted by both children and adults as reliable and accurate sources of information. Through the internet children now have access to an almost endless supply of information and opportunity for interaction. However, there can be real risks and dangers for an unsupervised child.
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  • Big data privacy involves properly managing big data to minimise risk and protect sensitive data. Because big data comprises large and complex data sets, many traditional privacy processes cannot handle the scale and velocity required.
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  • Internet has many positive aspects. However, there has also been much concern about how social media can serve as a space for problematic content, including misinformation and conspiracy theories, that may divide and harm children with adverse consequences for society and themselves.
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  • Big data technology is supporting the emergence of new educational models, such as digital learning and customised curricula.
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  • On one hand, big data could help us be more informed - we could potentially know more about our children’s academic performance as kids, and on the other hand, big data allows marketers to use our personal information to try to convince us to buy stuff. So, it’s crucial that all parents understand exactly how their family fits into the big data revolution.
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