Narrative Scripts Embedded in Social Media Towards Empowering Digital and Self-protection Skills

Davinia Hernández-Leo, Emily Theophilou, René Lobo, Roberto Sánchez-Reina, Dimitri Ognibene

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Social media has become an important part of adolescents’ lives, with an increasing number of teenagers spending a great part of their time creating, sharing, and socializing with online content. Although the popularity of social media keeps growing, different studies identified threats and dangers that exist in such networks. From harmful content to negative behaviors, users can fall victim to negative social media phenomena that can affect their mental health and wellbeing. Several media literacy initiatives have been designed to promote social media awareness amongst the youth using traditional approaches to teaching about social media risks and threats. However, these approaches are limited in enabling deep reflection about the dangers behind their social media interactions and empowering their empathy, perspective-taking, critical thinking, digital and self-protection skills. This demo paper introduces a perspective in this context proposing the integration of educational opportunities within social media. The proposed approach is designed as a social media simulated learning platform where embedded learning activities follow a novel “narrative scripting” approach, in which Computer Supported Collaborative Learning script mechanisms are combined with counter-narratives strategies.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTechnology-Enhanced Learning for a Free, Safe, and Sustainable World - 16th European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning, EC-TEL 2021, Proceedings
EditorsTinne De Laet, Roland Klemke, Carlos Alario-Hoyos, Isabel Hilliger, Alejandro Ortega-Arranz
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)9783030864354
StatePublished - 2021
Externally publishedYes
Event16th European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning, EC-TEL 2021 - Bolzano, Italy
Duration: 20 Sep 202124 Sep 2021

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume12884 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference16th European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning, EC-TEL 2021


  • Counter-narratives
  • CSCL scripts
  • Digital skills
  • Self-protection skills
  • Social media


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