The Techrouter project involves 30 youth workers from 9 different countries. They came together in the Netherlands to discuss the impact of social media on our younger generations and how to create a learning mechanism to safeguard them from all the negative aspects (core value: safety and respect). Especially the early teens are vulnerable since they are still in a competitive growing up phase in which they are highly innocent, influenceable and unaware of the impact of their actions on others. In times when they should be building a positive self image the tendency is to be guided by the abundant fakeness of social media. No parental or adult embedding is there to help them because their actions are mostly invisible, they have no reference models and parents are often inexperienced in this world of virtual interactions.
A whole week of creative interaction is making the difference. Here are some photos of the process. The gathering is financed via Erasmus+. The objective is to create something that can be used in the different countries and cultures during several months, gathering feedback and linking with new programs.