“I have no faith in the mainstream media. The media is controlled by six people only.”

Young people’s media behaviour has come under pressure.

They are increasingly exposed to viral disinformation which is easily accessible online. At the same time we have noticed that young people grow frustrated with traditional media. They feel underrepresented and feel little connection with the perspectives of traditional media outlets. This harms trust in the press, and leaves young people vulnerable to disinformation and polarisation. As well as creating distrust, this process can undermine young people’s support for democratic values such as press freedom and freedom of speech. We believe we need to step into the world of young people to change this. Our project Under Pressure therefore uses young role models and the evidence-based Under Pressure disinformation game to counter these developments. In this way we stimulate constructive and critical thinking, media literacy skills and strengthen democratic values among young people.

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Project goals

The main goal of Under Pressure is to foster critical thinking and media literacy skills among young news consumers. That is why we aim to:

  1. 1
    Strengthen resilience against disinformation amongst young people, in order to counter polarization, isolation and extremism.
  2. 2
    Strengthen democratic citizenship under students, with a special focus on freedom of press and freedom of speech.

About the project

The Under Pressure methodology is developed in the context of PEGAP education project. PEGAP (Peer Education and Gamification Against Polarisation) is a European project, co-financed by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union and Fonds21. The curriculum and methodology will be developed and tested in the Netherlands by Diversion and DROG, and will be implemented in several European countries after the testing phase.


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