e-Protect – Safety Toolkit for Consumer and Personal Data Protection for the Elderly during Internet Use
An Erasmus+ project that aims to provide elderly populations 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
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 stay healthy, independent and active at work or in their community, and improve their quality of life. Since May 2015, when the EC 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 with a high level of consumer and personal data protection. Elderly people, in particular, often feel security anxiety captured by internet safety perceptions and fear of, among others, possible misuse of their credit cards when entering data online. They are not aware of the safety processes that need to be followed or of internet security threats, control measures and safeguards to their devices.
The e-Protect project aims to address the consumer and data protection needs during internet use of the elderly people, through the familiarisation with ICT tools and provision of tailored training, enhancing the capacity and professionalisation 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.