Deadline: 1 November 2019
The Media Literacy Council (MLC) has announced the Better Internet x Youth Call-for-Proposals to support Digital Literacy community initiatives that promote online safety, responsibility and civility.
The Council hopes to empower youths to initiate projects that will reach out to and benefit their peers as well as the community at large.
A key criterion of the CFP is for applicant organisations to have existing youth networks and for them to include youth participation when ideating, co-creating and implementing the projects.
The project beneficiaries are not limited to youths and may reach out to benefit any social segment in Singapore including students, working adults, parents, seniors and persons-with-disabilities.
For the 2019 Call-for-Proposals, priority will be given to projects designed to:
- Provide public education on detection of online falsehoods by building critical thinking and fact-checking skills
- Raise awareness of online risks resulting from emerging technologies (e.g. deepfakes, digital voice assistants)
- Create awareness of and deter the impact of cybercrimes such as scams, phishing and hoaxes
- Equip parents and caregivers with information and resources to raise digitally savvy and resilient children. Any or all of the following online risks should be covered:
- Online falsehoods
- Excessive and low-quality screen time, or device addiction
- Provide public education on digital and media literacies to seniors and mature adults. Any or all of the following should online risk be covered:
- Online falsehoods
- Cybercrimes — scams, phishing and hoaxes
Projects that address the following topics will also be considered:
- Be Safe
- Understanding and managing digital footprint and reputation
- Identifying and handling online predators, and dealing with inappropriate behaviours such as sexting, and online harassment
- Understanding the value and protection of personal data while using media content and services (e.g. consenting to cookies or allowing an app to access applicants location)
- Be Smart
- Understanding the different types of online falsehoods and how they may be presented (e.g. imposter content, satire, manipulated content)
- Understanding factors that may influence their ability to identify online falsehoods (e.g. cognitive bias, echo chambers, backfire effect).
- Be Kind
- Encouraging positive online behaviour and supportive online communities.
- Understanding online threats that seek to harass, alarm and/or cause distress to an individual (e.g., doxxing, online vigilantism).
Applicants may be supported up to S$50,000 per proposal.
- The Call-for-Proposal is open to applications from public, private and people organisations, including MOE schools (Primary, Secondary and Junior College), Institutes of Higher Learning (IHLs), non-profit organisations such as self-help groups and Social Service Organisations, registered Private Educational Institutions, Social Enterprises and youth sector organisations.
- Only organisations may apply. If applicants are an individual with a great idea, applicants could partner with an eligible organisation to submit applicants proposal.
- There are no restrictions to the project formats that can be used and applicants are encouraged to use fresh and thoughtful project formats that effectively reach applicants project’s target audience(s). Applicants should provide justification for the choice of project format in reaching applicants intended audience.
- The Media Literacy Council and its Secretariat will assess each proposal based on the following criteria:
- Promote digital literacy through the co-creation of ground-up initiatives by youths for targeted segments of society
- Relevance of project to target beneficiary
- Feasibility of project implementation
- Reach and impact
How to Apply
Interested Applicants can apply via given website.
For more information, please visit https://www.betterinternet.sg/work-with-us