Erasmus+ SAFE Project Concludes Successfully, Empowering Seniors across Europe to Detect Fake News
10 Jun, 2024

The SAFE (Seniors’ Anti-Fake Education) project addresses the unique challenges seniors face in distinguishing true from false information online. Studies indicate that older adults are more vulnerable to believing and sharing fake news compared to younger people.

Recognizing this, SAFE aims to enhance digital literacy among seniors, going beyond basic device operation to include media literacy, critical thinking, and the ability to identify reliable online information. The project includes an innovative train-the-trainer programme for adult educators, a series of workshops for senior learners, and an information and learning hub for both groups. This comprehensive approach seeks to equip seniors with the necessary skills to critically engage with digital content and navigate the pitfalls of online misinformation.

SAFE Train-the-Trainer Programme

The Train-the-Trainer Programme, offers a comprehensive curriculum and related training materials for adult educators working with senior learners. This blended learning programme features age-sensitive structured and unstructured learning, combining tutor-led sessions, self-paced learning through accessible and interactive materials, collaborative learning, and peer debate. The content is customized in five languages, ensuring broad accessibility and relevance across different cultural contexts.

SAFE Fake News Workshops

The project implemented a series of six Fake News Workshops in all partner countries, directly addressing senior learners. These workshops saw active participation from over 60 seniors and 60 adult educators. Participants engaged in insightful discussions, shared personal experiences, and developed critical digital competences and thinking skills essential for navigating the modern digital landscape and identifying fake news.

SAFE Learning and Information Hub

The SAFE project also introduced an online learning hub, an immersive platform featuring interactive activities and courses targeting both adult educators and seniors. This hub provides a comprehensive resource for continuous learning and engagement, ensuring that the knowledge and skills imparted during the project can be sustained and expanded upon.

The success of the SAFE project is a testament to the collaborative efforts of its partners: Ljudska Univerza Ptuj in Slovenia, Die Berater in Austria, BUPNET in Germany, KMOP in Greece, CESIE in Italy, and CARDET in Cyprus. Together, these organizations have made significant efforts in empowering senior citizens across Europe to critically engage with digital content and safeguard themselves against misinformation.

For more information about the SAFE project and to access the resources, visit SAFE’s website: