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Pilot 2

Safer Chat - To promote safe use of
the Internet by children and young
people
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Description

Children and teenagers need to be able to use the Internet for safer communication with their peers without being exposed to persons with illegal and harmful intentions. In SaferChat, teachers in different countries will create projects in the classroom using the open source e-learning framework Moodle as an online plat-form for cross-border e-learning and safer chat rooms for their students within specified age groups. The students will work with their peers in other countries and create peer-to-peer educational packages with the emphasis on raised awareness of Internet safety.

SaferChat

The Internet is a great way of staying in touch and meeting people, both for leisure and business. Chat rooms, blogging, social networks, instant messaging and email make it easy to communicate with people from all over the world.

However, the Internet can also be used for inappropriate communication, including approaching children and teenagers with illegal and harmful intentions or online identity theft.

Thus, it is important to explore all possible means in order to make online com-munication as safe as possible for teenagers and younger children. The pilot results will be beneficial to all users.

The open source Moodle e-learning application is used as a platform for school projects and chat rooms for students. Moodle is used by millions of users in over 200 countries. Moodle has been extended with modules that allow the connection to the STORK interoperability layer. These solutions have been adapted to make use of the specifications and solutions from STORK to gain support for different eIDs from different countries. Apart from using an eID to control access to these chat rooms, access is controlled by attributes such as age.

Use Cases

The SaferChat use cases involve teachers and students logging into Moodle, and the chat rooms within Moodle, by authenticating themselves using their national eIDs.

As an example, a teacher in Austria will establish a school project with classes in Iceland. Inside Moodle the teachers will have a closed online area where they can communicate and share documents related to their project. The teachers will also set criteria and milestones in Moodle for student work evaluation to facilitate the work process.

The students will access the work area for the project in Moodle and chat rooms with access restricted to their age group. They will benefit by working with their peers in other countries and creating peer-to-peer educational packages with the emphasis on raised awareness of Internet safety.

Goals of the Pilot

The main objective of the SaferChat pilot is to implement a platform for a safer online environment where people can communicate online using their eIDs for identification, authentication and authorization, and demonstrate its use in a comprehensive pilot project.

The SaferChat pilot will test online elec-tronic chat rooms to confirm that the EU interoperability layer implemented in STORK can operate to provide a safer online environment for students aged 14 to 18. The SaferChat pilot will support the STORK objectives directly,

  • by enabling students and teachers to use their secure national electronic identities in the Member States,
  • by testing, in real life environments, secure and easy-to-use eID solutions for students and teachers at both national and European levels,
  • by interacting with other EU initiatives, in particular Insafe (European network of Awareness Centres) and eTwinning to maximise the usefulness of eID services and the long term sustainability of the SaferChat application , and
  • by providing a scalable solution with open source specifications for possible take-up throughout the EU and for sustainability of the solution in the long term.
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