A Data Detox Kit for Young People

A Data Detox Kit for Young People

Data Detox x Youth is an activity book to help young people take control of their tech. This interactive toolkit encourages young people to think about different aspects of their digital lives, from their social media profiles to their passwords, with simple activities for reflection and play.

Young people, like many of us, are now more dependent on technology than ever. It is becoming increasingly important to take a step back and question the apps and platforms we’re using everyday to socialise, excercise, learn and share. Who has access to my data? Do I have control over it? What does my online profile look like?

The Data Detox x Youth encourages young people start to ask these critical questions. Across four sections - Digital Privacy, Digital Security, Digital Wellbeing and Misinformation - users are guided through different aspects of their digital lives, from their social media profiles to their passwords, with simple activities for reflection and play.

The toolkit is designed for high school students who already have their own devices, but it can be used by people of all ages. It’s free and easy to download, all you need is a smartphone or tablet, a printer, and something to write with.

It is currently available in English, Español, Brazilian Português, Italiano and Deutsch (with more languages coming soon!).

Let us know what you think! We’re encouraging educators, parents and young people to test out the resource in the next months and we’re actively seeking feedback so we can continue to make it relevant for its users.

Try it now.

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Data Detox x Youth was made with funding from the European Union and in collaboration with our partners Save the Children Italy and IFLA. It is part of The Glass Room Misinformation Edition, another Tactical Tech project which seeks to explore how social media and the web have changed the way we read information and react to it.

In 2018, Tactical Tech launched a youth initiative to address the third of the world’s internet users who are under the age of 18. We’re responding to a demand from educators, parents and young people themselves to create timely, practical resources that speak to young people about their daily struggles and experiences of growing up in a world driven and shaped by digital technologies.

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