Together with colleagues in Brazil and the UK, Prof Kleine developed an innovative methodology for participatory digital film-making, updating the emancipatory approach of Brazilian educator Paulo Freire for the digital age as part of the ESRC-CONFAP Food Futures 2.0 project. The project, a collaboration between universities and NGOs, worked with young people in London and Rio and showed that digital films made by young people are a powerful medium to get their voices heard. UNICEF Montenegro invited Prof Kleine to re-apply this methodology, this time in Montenegro and on the subject of children’s and young people’s Internet use.
Together with education and communication specialists Nada Djurovic and Jelena Perovic from UNICEF Montenegro, she will be leading a workshop with young people in Montenegro to help them become young researchers and film-makers themselves, exploring topics which concern them such as the opportunities the internet offers for connecting and the risks, including cyber-bullying by peers, it poses.
Previous research by UNICEF Montenegro, based on the Global Kids Online methodology, shows that 91% of Montenegrin children (9-17-year olds) use the internet, 33% of those say they learn something new from it every day and schools are increasingly making use of the internet in education. On the other hand, 38% of the children said they had upsetting experiences online in the past year. These included unwanted exposure to sexual images, contacts by strangers and cyberbullying by peers.
Prof Kleine co-wrote the report on participatory methods of the Global Kids Online toolkit and has argued that children and young people are best placed to explain the reality of their own lives themselves. The digital film workshop in Montenegro is designed to be replicated by UNICEF and other organisations globally who seek to make the voices of young people heard.
Prof Dorothea Kleine leads the new research theme of Digital Technologies, Data and Innovation at the Sheffield Institute for International Development (SIID). She is a member of the Digital Society Network in Sheffield University’s Faculty of Social Sciences.
Prof Dorothea Kleine will be tweeting about the project throughout the week: @dorotheakleine @SIIDGroup #DigitalSociety
Twitter of partner: UNICEF Montenegro @unicefMNE
Twitter of original funder: @ESRC