Smartphone safety classes at school

A. Case Study Overview

1. Activity/ Project Title:
Smartphone safety classes at school
2. Themes:
SDGs
3. Summary:  

KDDI Corporation is promoting initiatives of the “Smartphone Safety Classes” under the corporate philosophy of “Achieve a truly connected society”.
The company sends certified lecturers to primary, secondary and high schools all over Japan and holds “Smartphone safety classes” to have students learn rules and manners and not to get involved into troubles. The classes are designed to enable students to protect themselves from risks.
Since its launch in 2005, a total of 33,000 classes have been held with over 6,110,000 attendees. There is a wide variety of human rights-related risks on the Internet such as “spreading misinformation”, “writing hurtful comments on social media”, “posting identifiable information”, “too easily trusting people met online”, and so on. Those topics are covered, and we are working to enable students to safely use information technology.

4. Sector:
Organization : KDDI Foundation (on behalf of KDDI Corporation)
5. Implementation Period:

2005 ~ Present

6. Project Site :
Throughout Japan
7. Stakeholders&Partners:
Primary, Secondary and High schools

B. Objective:

8. Objectives:
As an organization which provides communication services, KDDI Corporation conducts this classroom as an initiative to ensure that students can safely and securely use communication devices such as smartphones without getting into trouble.

C. Activities

9. /Activities:

1.Smartphone safety classes outline

Audience:  Primary, secondary, and high school students,
teachers and guardians
Duration:  About 45-50 minutes
Venue:       Inside the school (e.g. gymnasium)
Area:         Nationwide in Japan
Cost:          Free (No cost for teaching materials and lecturer)

 

2.Teaching materials

The teaching materials focus on recent topics according to the age of the students. Topics added in 2019 are “Bullying through Social Networking Service (SNS)”, “Game and SNS dependence on smartphones” and so on.

 

1)Basic course

Friendly animation characters introduce some examples of troubles that are likely to occur to students who have just started to use their smartphone. Students discuss about the story and think of rules and manners that they need to know.

“Danger of using smartphone while walking”

Usage of smartphone while walking, riding a bicycle or doing something else are extremely dangerous and annoying to others. Using a smartphone while riding a bicycle is prohibited by law in Japan. Students learn about the basic rules and manners according to the place and situation.

 

2)Intermediate and advanced courses

Examples of troubles that are likely to occur are introduced in middle and upper grades of primary school. Some tips for avoiding troubles and what to do if you get caught up in trouble are explained.

“Revenge on the Internet and its end is …” – spreading misinformation

Students sometimes take pictures of pranks casually, but nobody knows whether the photos will leak to the Internet. In addition, swearing or insulting friends online may be guilty of a crime.

D. Challenges and solutions:

10. Challenges and solutions:

In Japan, the penetration of smartphones to school students are being increased. At the same time, the number of cases, which students get involved in troubles is also increasing and the troubles are becoming more diverse.

In the Figure below, the number of victim students caused by Social Networking Service (SNS) is increasing (shown in red). On the other hand, the number of victim students caused by dating sites are decreasing (blue). The right blue bars represent Smartphone penetration ratio for school students.

 

Number of victim students

Under such circumstances, we fully recognize the necessity and importance of educational activities to enhance IT literacy through the “Smartphone Safety Classes”.

E. Outcomes and Impacts:

11. Outcomes&Impacts:

Since its launch in 2005, a total of 33,000 classes have been held with over 6,110,000 attendees. There is a wide variety of human rights-related risks on the Internet. We need to be careful not to spread misinformation, write hurtful comments on social media, post identifiable information, too easily trust people met online and so on.

 

Number of classes and attendees

In Japan, the penetration of smartphones to school students are being increased. At the same time, the number of cases in which students get involved in troubles is also increasing and the troubles are becoming more diverse. Along with this, the demand for holding safety Classes from teachers and parents is increasing year by year. Under such circumstances, we fully recognize the necessity and importance of educational activities to enhance IT literacy through the “Smartphone Safety Classes” and so on. Through these educational activities, we continue to aim for a safe and secure society where people do not get into trouble with information and communication services such as smartphones and the Internet.

F. Budget:

12. Budget:

13. Source:
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