Teaching Children of Preschool Age about Internet and Digital Social Control. An Innovative Educational Intervention based on Greek Mythology, Theater and ICT

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  1. Maria Tzima, Department of Early Childhood Education, University of Ioannina, Greece, Greece
  2. Katerina Karamitrou, Department of Early Childhood Education, University of Ioannina, Greece, Greece
  3. Athanasios Bassounas, Regional Directorate of P&S Education of Epirus, Ioannina, Greece
  4. Konstantinos Gerodimos, Department of Early Childhood Education, University of Ioannina, Greece, Greece

This article presents the implementation of a teaching intervention for preschool children to approach the issue of digital surveillance carried out by centers of power and through social media. The intervention is based on the myth of Io who was supervised by Argus Panoptes (an “all-seeing” giant with a hundred eyes). The children participated in three theater-plays designed to reveal the effects of surveillance. The key feature of the plays was that the plot was based on interaction between them using digital technology. The results of the intervention are presented through the paintings and interviews of infants showing that they have built new cognitive experiences, expressed concerns, evaluated the consequences of the use of digital technology and strengthened their critical thinking on the issue.

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