GENDER AND NON-BINARY IDENTITIES

Gender and gender identities are in the middle of the social dialogue like never before. In the digital era, people try to explore themselves in terms of gender, sexual orientation and identity. Social media had definitely played a major role in people’s everyday lives and cultural, social and personal expression and exploration. The debate on if the social media have enhanced the social dialogue on gender or if instead have created more space for hate speech and discrimination is yet from over. However, before proceeding in understanding the relation between gender identities and online media, the definitions and conceptual notions of the terms “gender” and “non-binary gender identity” need to be clarified.

Objectives: 
WHAT IS THE IMPACT OF SOCIAL MEDIA ON BUILDING AWARENESS AND UNDERSTANDING AROUND GENDER AND GENDER IDENTITIES?
GENDER AND GENDER IDENTITIES ON MEDIA

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GENDER AND NON-BINARY IDENTITIES

Gender and gender identities are in the middle of the social dialogue like never before. In the digital era, people try to explore themselves in terms of gender, sexual orientation and identity. Social media had definitely played a major role in people’s everyday lives and cultural, social and personal expression and exploration. The debate on if the social media have enhanced the social dialogue on gender or if instead have created more space for hate speech and discrimination is yet from over. However, before proceeding in understanding the relation between gender identities and online media, the definitions and conceptual notions of the terms “gender” and “non-binary gender identity” need to be clarified.

Objectives: 
WHAT IS THE IMPACT OF SOCIAL MEDIA ON BUILDING AWARENESS AND UNDERSTANDING AROUND GENDER AND GENDER IDENTITIES?
GENDER AND GENDER IDENTITIES ON MEDIA

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Social Media and Causes of Stress

Young people who use social media believe that they are an important part of their life. Mainly to facts that are linked to social interaction, catching up with local and international news, employment and entertainment.

Social Media could cover negative feelings, especially with some aggressive or judgmental comments and messages or even being bullied online, the young people interviewed believe that they know how to avoid hostile behavior online.

On the other hand, based on research and responses, the excessive use creates a great amount of stress to them. Social media makes it easy to gradually lose your initial purpose and go through all kinds of websites.

Objectives: 
Does Digital Identity lead to stressful behavior in real life?
What is the impact of SM on users life?

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Social Media and Causes of Stress

Young people who use social media believe that they are an important part of their life. Mainly to facts that are linked to social interaction, catching up with local and international news, employment and entertainment.

Social Media could cover negative feelings, especially with some aggressive or judgmental comments and messages or even being bullied online, the young people interviewed believe that they know how to avoid hostile behavior online.

On the other hand, based on research and responses, the excessive use creates a great amount of stress to them. Social media makes it easy to gradually lose your initial purpose and go through all kinds of websites.

Objectives: 
Does Digital Identity lead to stressful behavior in real life?
What is the impact of SM on users life?

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How differences are perceived, the level of tolerance, inclusion and exclusion referring to the personal experience of children. Could digital tools empower them?

The objective of the group was to investigate how differences are perceived, the level of tolerance, inclusion and exclusion referring to the personal experience of children. Could digital tools empower them? 

Methodology: active research trough an interview video in which it describes all the different perspective that interviewed children have on the topics mentioned above. 

Target group: children aged from 6 to 10 years old attending a Children’s home.

 

Recommendations: 

Taking into account the incapacity for children to understand some terms or behaviours, a small tool like videos helped them comprehend better what was the context. Understanding the ages, it is important to use a relevant and friendly context. Discussion sometimes is not enough. Visual and digital tools are necessary. Specially as we and they grow in a digital era. This frame of bullying and extreme behaviours will be part of their lives offline and online. Therefore it is important to: 

Stress the need to promote more activities in order to engage children into a discussion about tolerance, inclusion, exclusion and perception of diversity. That needs a balance between online and offline aspects with the use of various tools. That includes digital tools, that visualise examples and test the “understanding of concepts”. 

To correctly explain the meaning of these words and teach them the importance of tolerance among different cultures and opinions, so with more probability they will avoid discriminatory and bullying actions when they grown up. Children don’t really know the meaning of discrimination and bullying and they see all their classmates equal. As this process connects to them entering the digital world very soon, it should also link this concepts on the online part. Today digital connects to both offline and online with no gap between them. Children are really open minded and fast learner, so we should put all our efforts to build up a new inclusive generation, using any possible means.

 

Objectives: 
How differences are perceived, the level of tolerance, inclusion and exclusion referring to the personal experience of children.

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School as it is.

At its birthplace

We have to face
the problem that this place where we struggle
does not need to be chased nor erased
just changed.
We have to face the fact that everything changes
with time
even though it’s not a crime, our system
we climb, has not.
And how do you want to make a change in
the world, in the future when the base
is still at its birthplace.

 

Where is Education
an unhealthy station is what I see
through sleepless nights and starving through days
to nourish ourselves with masses of textbooks instead
hydrate with information, no water
so tomorrow I can put pen down it all
and throw it all out once again
now we can have a meltdown.
Pay attention around because that
is an illness that needs to be cured.

 

And no,
we are not unfocused
this all is just unspoken, look at the bigger picture
can’t you see it’s broken?

 

Game over or Time out?

our worth, defined by grades
behind all the shades, can’t you see we have
to perform well every day
yet under all the uniform, can’t you see we are bleeding
regardless of it all
yes, I will bring high performances daily
I’ll try
but trying is not enough
when really what for?

Get my A levels and forget about the information
I was fed for so many years
because after all these dropped tears and anxiety attacks
we finally did it, didn’t we?
But what actually?
surviving and living anxiously for several years
questioning our intelligence brutally due grading system
binge learning and forgotten answers.
Yes, yes, we did it.

this play act need to drop
it is a fact.
Like we are in some sort of game
trying to escape
while desperately reaching for the top.

Game over or Time out?

Face this case

                                                

Hope you see clearly now
a change, is more than needed

Hope you see clearly now
There needs to be more than just a degree
and some wannabee teacher
no more go to Yale or go to jail.
 

Hope you see clearly now
In this case “less is more”
should truly define this place we call school

May we can all exchange our knowledge
and deepest experiences
And may we can learn from that more than
written textbooks

May we travel and learn more on airplanes
than classrooms
learn more on our way to a destination
than our way to graduation
My we travel and learn from eager successful people
more than from science teachers.

May we share our favourite books and
sink and find ourselves in them
May we find peace in learning
because learning is great, why do we make it hard?
Because learning is important, and School is not.

 

Objectives: 
Reflection on the educational system in form of a poem

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Digital Implants

This is a poem about the dangers of digital implants. For animals, especially for dogs, it is common practice to implant  RFID (Radion Frequency Identificatio) chips, in order to easily identify them when getting lost. Humans use implants in the size of rice grains for an “easy” way to open car-, house or officedoors, for e-banking,  to access the mobile or to provide medical data in case of emergency. These chips are not too expensive and can even be implemented in a piercing-studio. But do we really want a future like that?

 

Roses are red,

implants are small,

we don’t know whether they’re good at all.

What does the future hold,

Are we just being controlled?

Is surveillance the only goal?

Are we selling our soul?

Only the future will tell,

Well.t

Objectives: 
Sensitize for the danger of human digital implants.

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Tourism in China

Did you know that in 2016 China accounted for 21% of the world’s spending on tourism? This text deals with the fact that tourism can bring many economic and social benefits, particularly in rural areas and developing countries, but mass tourism is also associated with negative effects. Tourism can only be sustainable if it is carefully managed so that potential negative effects on the host community and the environment are not permitted to outweigh the financial benefits. Find out miore in the text attached!
Objectives: 
Provide information about China and its tourism.

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What’s wrong with the education system

The project is carried out by High School students from “Hof HaSharon” regional high school in Israel. This group is called “Shfayim Community” in the WYRED platform

Number of participants: 14.  Age: 17
Project and topics discussed: What’s wrong with the education system and how it can be improved.

Summary of discussions:

The problem: What’s wrong with the education system in Israel – “vomiting the learned material”

During several meetings, discussions developed regarding the shortcomings of the education system in Israel as perceived by the participants. The discussion focused specifically on the difficulties that arise from the conduct of the current education system, which, in our opinion, makes our learning very difficult and hampers our ability to reach high level achievements. Highlights are listed below:

In the discussions we have reached the understanding that the current situation is very burdensome and does not allow us to maintain an efficient lifestyle that includes participation in additional frameworks other than the school.
We feel that the education system does not really see us as students, as individuals. Our feeling is that we are wasting our time memorizing material that will not help us in future. 
During the exams period, the students are under a heavy pressure. The teachers don’t consider us and our difficulties in this period, and give us a lot of homework. This doesn’t help to alleviate the pressure. 
We feel frustrated in particular because every teacher is sure the she is the only teacher, and gives a lot of homework without considering the assignments we get from other teachers.
All these  – assignments, homework, exams  – cause us to fail; Instead of helping us, the teachers only increase the burden, and they don’t understand that we have life outside of school.
At the end of the day, we feel frustrated from the school system, because the way it works today really makes our life difficult.
We want the school to pay more attention to values and less to grades. We want more meaningful learning, so that we learn necessary life skills, rather than memorizing the material.
Our desire is to change the teaching method, to apply the learned material in a useful way, and that the system find a better way to appreciate the student, besides exams.
 

Specific expectations from decision-makers:

Listening to young persons and understand them in order to alleviate the burden that students experience. They should come not just to hear us but also to really listen.
Changing the education approach and the curriculum. Reducing the workload and more consideration of students’ private lives.
To open the possibility for students to choose the topics of learning, namely allowing them to choose the subjects of study in a broader manner.
Reduce the number of compulsory subjects.
Changing the reform done in the high school curriculum, returning the start of matriculation exams to 10-th grade, and distributing the exams over the three years in high school.
The implementation of so-called “meaningful learning” in a clearer and broader sense.
To stop causing the students to just “throw up” the learned material, with an emphasis on changing the teacher-student relationship.
Especially to emphasize the significant reduction of pressure on high school students and the expansion of their activity possibilities after the school hours.

 

Planned artefact: Graffiti

We decided to present our frustration from the education system through a graffiti on the school wall. The aim is to arouse attention and awareness of the stressful situation that we experience as 11-th graders.

Proposed design of the Graffiti:

An image of a “hypnotized” person whose brain explodes due to extensive learning. To this image, we will add a statement that will express our frustration and feelings towards the Israeli education system.

 

Objectives: 
To discuss the problem/shortcomings of the education system in Israel, from the perspective of high school students.

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Power & Dominion of social media

Salve a tutti, sono Maria Chiara e studio Scienze Politiche presso RomaTre. Alcune mie riflessioni e l’uso quotidiano dei social media, mi hanno portato a domandarmi: che fine fanno le cose che condivido su un social? Che cos’è il “narcisismo mediatico”? E soprattutto, a seguito dello scandalo Cambridge Analytica, i miei dati personali, sono davvero protetti? Ho fatto delle ricerche e ho intervistato due persone, di due Paesi e generazioni diverse…e i risultati sono stati sorprendenti! Se siete curiosi di sapere la risposta, alle domande che mi sono posta qui sopra…la mia ricerca vi chiarirà qualcosa. 

Hi everyone i’m Maria Chiara and I study Political Studies at university of Roma Tre. Some of my reflections and the daily use of Social Media, led me to wonder: what happens to the things that I share on a social? What is “the media narcissism”? And above all, as a result of the scandal Cambridge Analytica, my personal data, are really protected? I did some research and I’ve interviewed two people of two different countries and generations … and the results are amazing! If you’re curious to know the answer to the questions written above … my research will clarify something. 

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