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Navigare Insieme and Navigare Sicuri 

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Telecom Italia continues its digital inclusion activities with projects dedicated to categories that are usually excluded from using new communication tools: the young and the elderly.

Navigare Sicuri (Safe Surfing)

Navigare Sicuri is the Telecom Italia project that brings together passion and awareness.

A passion for surfing the Web is a cultural and social revolution. For Telecom Italia, it entails everyday work and commitment, and the awareness that the fascinating world of the Internet can hide some dangers especially for the very young.

With Navigare Sicuri, Telecom Italia wants to tell Italian families and their children about this great resource without hiding the problems that may turn it into a danger. The project is aimed at families and directly at youngsters, with targeted programmes for different age groups:

  • children aged 5 to 10, who are accompanied in their discovery of the Web thanks to large and small tips that are useful for having fun in complete safety, protecting personal data, explaining risky situations to their parents and talking to adults so that they can experience and share the extraordinary adventure of the Web in a serene way.
  • children aged 10 to 15, who are expected to already have a good knowledge of the Web but, above all, a certain amount of independence from their parents. The topics involved regard certain phenomena that this age group is particularly exposed to: cyberbullying, soliciting, identity theft, sexting, legality and Internet abuse. Nick the mascot leads youngsters to a world of interactive games focused on the conscious use of the Web. In addition, six short films show some risk situations that youngsters may encounter when using the Web. Each film has an open ending with three options that invite them to reflect: youngsters have to choose online which ending best completes the message.
  • parents and teachers, who are offered a section dedicated to information and updates on the topic of the relationship between children and the Internet. The contents were created by Telecom Italia in collaboration with Save the Children and the Fondazione Movimento Bambino founded by Professor Maria Rita Parsi. In this section an online consulting service provided by qualified staff is also available.

Navigare Sicuri on tour

Marco PatuanoCEO of Telecom Italia points out, “Telecom Italia loves the Internet and therefore wants to teach young people to use it in the correct way. Our commitment is not only a tangible example of Telecom Italia’s social role but it is also an incentive to reflect on the huge opportunities offered by new means of communication. The conscious use of the Internet is a unique opportunity for knowledge, cultural enrichment and creative experience. We work to ensure that the Internet is a safe place for all our boys and girls”.

Thanks to five multimedia stations on the bus, and an interactive whiteboard provided by Olivetti, a team of experts worked with children, teachers and parents on the tour to discover the Web through a path of fun and knowledge.

The tour in figures

  • On the 2010-2011 edition of the tour, the Navigare Sicuri bus covered about 12,000 km and involved over 100,000 people in the schools and squares of 20 cities in 10 Italian regions.
  • In the 2-year period from 2010-2012, the Navigare Sicuri tour went to 40 Italian cities in 20 regions, covering over 15,000 km and involving about 100,000 youngsters.
  • In the school year from 2012-2013, the tour went to 10 new cities.

Navigare Insieme (Surfing together)

Navigare Insieme is the Telecom Italia project aimed at the over 60 age group. It involves lessons in schools, via a web platformcreated to use a language and interaction suited to the older generation.

The lessons take the form of real intergenerational exchange with young students that assume the role of the teacher and help grandparents to discover the secrets of the Web.

In the first few months of 2012, proclaimed “Active Ageing” year by the European Commission, the first Web literacy courses were launched, which involved twelve Italian cities (Turin, Milan, Trento, Venice, Parma, Pisa, Ancona, Rome, Naples, Bari, Palermo and Cagliari).

Educational materials, created in collaboration with Informatici Senza Frontiere and Scuola Holden of Turin, are available online. They take the form of a sitcom story entitled “Siamo Nonni Smart (We’re Smart Grandparents) and related interactive demos.

The project was implemented in collaboration with Informatici Senza Frontiere, Auser and Confagricoltura pensionati.