The purpose of the Multi-Stakeholder Consultation was to seek out good practices in DCE as well as identify gaps and challenges in formal and informal learning contexts.

The report looks at the place of digital citizenship competence development in education, the types of online resources and contemporary information technologies being used in educational settings, and maps the administrative and legal responsibilities for school leaders, teachers, students and parents. The report on this Multi-Stakeholder Consultation has been published as Volume 2: Multi-stakeholder Consultation Report.

The report presents the findings of six months of research, conducted from July to December 2016.

An online questionnaire on digital citizenship initiatives

More than 200 organisations and experts were contacted in the 47 member countries of the Council of Europe over that period, and requested to complete an online questionnaire on digital citizenship initiatives in their country.

Sixty-two responses were received to the initial survey to identify good practices across Europe in the area of digital citizenship, forty-two of which targeted children and young people.

An analysis of the responses shows that good practice generally:

  • has a positive impact on individuals and/or communities;
  • has been proven through implementation to be effective in realising a specific objective;
  • can be reproduced and is adaptable to different contexts;
  • responds to current and future needs of the target population;
  • is technically, economically and socially feasible and sustainable
  • contributes to an inclusive society, adaptable for individuals with special educational needs;
  • is a participative process that is able to generate a feeling of ownership in those involved.

The initial survey was followed up by a second questionnaire focusing more specifically on competences as well as interviews with children, parents and experts from the education and social and mobile media sectors, as well as with those respondents who reported the most relevant projects. The second survey on competences was sent to contact persons for the 42 projects targeting children in order to

  • clarify the level of focus being placed on the 20 competences in the four areas of the model of Competences for Democratic Culture;
  • detect 4 areas or competences of greater or lesser focus;
  • identify any apparent clusters of competences across the different projects.