DisABILITIES Civic LAB
DisABILITIES Civic LAB is an online compendium of scenarios build by YWwD in those workshops in Romania, Greece and Spain. In this way young women with disabilities are co-creators of an innovative tool that could be used as a source of inspiration for other vulnerable women. Compedium has 2 main parts:

a) 14 scenarios build by YWwD;

b) apart from these scenarios based on the real obstacles/problems of YWwD, the compendium also contains the practical guidelines for practitioners: what means a scenario, how to build one, what elements to include, what techniques can be used, tips to increase the level of involvement of young people in the construction of a scenario.

Scenario 10

Children and young people with disabilities spend too much time online

The problem identified in the community:

Children and young people with disabilities spend too much time online.    


WHERE?

The problem manifests itself in the field of spending free time.


WHY?

Causes:
1. The lack of a balanced program regarding the use of online means, which leads to too much time spent online, to the detriment of involvement in other types of activities - learning, socializing, spending time outdoors, physical activities, etc.
2. Too few community centers, where children and young people with disabilities have access to different resources and fun, safe and free activities.
3. Lack of knowledge and understanding by children and young people with disabilities of the negative effects of spending a long time in the online environment: attention problems, obesity, behavioral problems, insufficient rest, delays in the development of social skills, less time for learning.



HOW COULD WE CHANGE THE SITUATION ?

Possible solutions:
a) Raising awareness of the family and young people with disabilities on the negative effects of too much time spent in the online environment; parental monitoring and setting daily or weekly resonable online time limits.
b) The encouragement and support of various organizations and voluntary groups by the local authorities in the implementation of various attractive actions and events in the community (workshops, clubs, competitions, shows, etc.), so that young people with disabilities have more options to socialize, make friends, learn new things.
c) Organization of counseling and debate meetings, to encourage and motivate young people with disabilities to identify their own passion/hobby, so that the time spent in the online environment is reduced.

Date: 5 March, 2024
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