Conference 2024

On May 28th, the "Make It Clear: On Effective Media Education" conference was held at the Arche Krakowska Hotel in Warsaw. The event was organized in a hybrid format and gathered nearly 1,000 participants. It was conducted in Polish, English, and Polish Sign Language.

The conference was primarily aimed at teachers and educators seeking effective methods to work with youth in the field of media education. The event's goal was to present the challenges related to media education and ways to effectively overcome them, providing tools and inspiration for daily teaching practice to promote the ability to analyze and evaluate information. Modern approaches to educating children and youth about understanding and filtering information were also discussed.

Magdalena Wilczyńska, Director of the Information Security Division in Cyberspace at NASK, opened the conference, emphasizing the importance of media education and its significance in the era of digital transformation. Professor Jacek Pyżalski from Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań posed provocative questions to the participants: "Who should teach media education? Should it be teachers, technology giants, peers, or maybe algorithms? How should we teach it to avoid causing harm?" He highlighted that media education should combine awareness of digital threats with showcasing the opportunities that new technologies bring.

Youth from Poland, Romania, and Latvia also spoke at the conference, discussing the impact of the internet on young people's ability to understand and filter information. They emphasized the necessity of intergenerational dialogue and the development of critical thinking. The young panelists also pointed out the need for greater openness from adults to the voices of youth.

The conference was held as part of the Make It Clear project, implemented by NASK - National Research Institute, the Latvian Internet Association, and Save the Children Romania. This international collaboration has produced educational materials for parents and teachers. During the conference, eight lesson modules on media education, which can be used in schools, were presented. These modules cover topics such as civic participation, developing a critical approach, being able to recognize context, reacting to hate and extremism, knowing how to protect oneself, responsible information sharing, distinguishing facts from opinions, and understanding the role of media. The modern educational methods applied in the modules enable a broad understanding of media education. Link to the materials: Lesson modules

The event was held under the honorary patronage of the Ministry of Digital Affairs, the Ministry of National Education, and the Polish National Commission for UNESCO. The Make It Clear project is funded by the European Commission's Creative Europe program.

All presentations and debates were recorded and are available online.