e-Protect – Safety Toolkit for Consumer and Personal Data Protection for the Elderly during Internet Use

Providing the elderly with information and education on their consumer and data protection during internet use.

Project Number: 2020-1-CY01-KA204-065949

Funded by: Erasmus+        Duration: 1/12/2020 – 30/11/2022   


Challenge

Studies estimate that by 2060 at least one in three Europeans will be over 65. The European Commission argues that digital technology can help older people to stay healthy, independent and active at work or in their community, and it also helps to improve their quality of life. Since May 2015, when the E.C. adopted the Digital Single Market strategy, several studies have identified the lack of digital skills among the elderly.

There is a strong need to educate EU citizens and the elderly on how to access and engage in online activities by experiencing high level of consumer and personal data protection. Elderly people, in particular, often feel security anxiety captured by internet safety perception and fear among others possible misuse of their credit cards when entering data online. They do not know safety processes that need to be followed and lack awareness of internet security threats, control measures and safeguards to their devices.

Innovation

The e-Protect project aims to address the consumer and data protection needs during internet use of the elderly people, through the familiarization with the ICT tools and provision of tailored training, through enhancing the capacity and professionalization of adult educators with training material, improving the overall quality of adult education for the elderly, and reducing the inequalities in access in education for elderly.

Action

Partners will work with researchers, practitioners, adult educators and elderly people to ensure the synthesis and translation of the innovative character of the training course which will be delivered to the elderly (aged +65). Special emphasis will be placed on gathering input from the elderly people to map competences and create a useful evaluation tool for defining the level of these competences for consumer and data protection among the elderly.

The e-Protect curricula will map the internet safety competences in regards to consumer and personal data protection, providing in detail the description of the learning outcomes in terms of knowledge and skills, describing each competence and its value for elderly people. The curricula will be developed and provided by deploying the latest evolutions in educational technology and will focus on improving the knowledge, skills, and attitudes of the elderly by taking into account physical or mental restrictions.

The e-Protect Train-the-Trainer Toolkit will support the capacity building for the implementation of the innovative training programme. Partners will be prompted to quality improvement followed by peer-to-peer reviews by experts in the field. The Toolkit will be accessible through the project’s website and will be freely available for download.

An e-learning space will be developed, which will present content specifically related to the internet safety skills for the elderly. The e-learning space will enable easy access to all interested stakeholders and will be consisted of rich informational resources and data on the subject.

On September 2022, the final conference will take place in Nicosia, Cyprus, as well as three national events in Greece, Ireland and France.

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Project Partners

KMOP – Social Action and Innovation Centre
CARDET (Cyprus – Project Coordinator)
INNOVADE (Cyprus)
E.N.T.E.R. (Austria)
The Rural Hub (Ireland)
E-Seniors (France)

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