As part of the programme for Computer Science and Citizenship Education the sixth grade is following a 10 hour course on how to use a smartphone correctly. Set up and run by the organization M.E.C, the course aims to teach students how the technology works, the risks and dangers involved in online activity and concrete steps to protect themselves. Two out of the five lessons see the intervention of an expert from M.E.C, while the remaining 3 lessons are taught by the class teachers. The programme also involves a meeting with parents, key players in the responsible use of internet devices, and concludes with a ceremony in which the sixth graders, who successfully pass the tests, are presented with their licence.
Obviously having a smartphone licence does not go hand in hand with having a smartphone! The lessons are designed to raise awareness of both students and parents so when the time comes everybody is prepared.