Many education programmes perceive young people as mere receptacles of information. But why notincrease awareness and education by engaging young people as peer trainers? As a matter of fact, young people do point to the roles of peers and family as a powerful influencer on the way they act. Peers are frequently cited as a source of learning about behaviour: as illustrated by one 17-year old in reference to peers, “it’s easier to speak to someone younger - adult advice often can't help a situation.”
There is considerable evidence substantiating that when students are given the tools and responsibility to design their own learning environments, they become more curious and more engaged.
Implication for Policy or Practice
Students will have a critical role as stakeholders, as they will be on the ground level with teachers bringing about policy change. Students will be expected to educate and protect themselves while participating in the process.
Students will also have the right to track their own progress towards becoming an active, responsible digital citizen through a child-friendly mapping of what this involves and the availability of self-assessment tools to help them along this path.