Projects with direct support
In 2019, the UniCredit Foundation's interventions in support of children were carried out both through the launch of initiatives with a Call and through direct support for specific projects promoted by non-profit organizsations.
The direct interventions of UniCredit Foundation were concentrated in three main areas: Training and Inclusion, Health and Scientific Research.
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The “In rete con i ragazzi” (Get on-line with the kids) project. A guide to digital education "
Rome, 15 November 2019 - UniCredit Foundation launched a project with Postal Police, the Italian Society of Pediatrics (S.I.P.), Google e A.N.C.I. (National Association of Italian Municipalities) to create internet awareness amongst teenagers and encourage a balanced use of technological devices. The "In rete con i ragazzi" project provides a travelling training course aimed at teachers, pediatricians and parents, to help them educate teenagers when they surf the Internet and social networks.
The project was presented in Rome on 15 November by the Chief of Police, Franco Gabrielli, the President of ANCI, Antonio De Caro, the Director of the Postal Police, Nunzia Ciardi, the President of The Italian Society of Pediatrics, Alberto Villani, the Head of External Relations Art and Culture of Google, Giorgia Abeltino, and the President of UniCredit Foundation, Maurizio Beretta https://www.poliziadistato.it/articolo/385dce81a815328881894717.
Italian teenagers have a positive relationship with technology, but recognise that they spend too much time on their smartphones or tablets. Sometimes, excessive use of these devices also causes disorders, such as lack of concentration, burning eyes and difficulty sleeping.
These are the main results from research conducted by Skuola.net, in which 10,000 children and adolescents between the ages of 9 and 18 years old (about 4,000 between the ages of 9-14 years) were interviewed for the "In rete con i ragazzi" project created by UniCredit Foundation, The State Police, The Italian Society of Pediatrics, The National Association of Italian Municipalities (ANCI) and Google.
A few months ago, The Italian Society of Pediatrics released a document also published in the Italian Journal of Pediatrics, which (on the basis of over 100 scientific studies conducted all over the world) highlighted the possible consequences on psychophysical health resulting from excessive use of technology. Research from Skuola.net now focuses on the habits of Italian teenagers, bringing attention to the increase of the risks related to the inappropriate use of devices.
Overall about half of the teenagers interviewed (47%) judge their relationship with technology positively, but admit to spending too much time on devices without realising it. 41% spend more than 3 hours a day on an electronic device, 38% use their smartphone before falling asleep and 21% turn it on as soon as they wake up, while 24% use it during study (but not always to do homework).
The negative effects on health due to the abuse of smartphones, tablets and similar manifest in terms of poor concentration when studying and during daily activities (24% of respondents), a burning sensation in the eyes (21%), pain in the neck and back (12%), insomnia (10%) and mood disorders (7%). Only 1 teenager in 4 claims not to have any symptoms after a long tech session.
But while on the one hand risks associated with the abuse of technological devices emerge, there are also many opportunities related to digital devices when used in an appropriate manner: developing research skills, enhancing the sense of competence and self-efficacy, finding a space for one's own creativity, encouraging socialisation by coming into contact with people from all over the world.
For this purpose, a user-friendly guide was created, for parents, teachers and pediatricians for them to encourage safer and more responsible internet navigations for children and adolescents between the ages of 9-14 year-olds. A quick and easy “tool” for those who have to deal with boys every day, often technically more skilled in the digital field than adults, but not fully aware of the possible risks of using the Internet incorrectly. Starting from a chapter on the advantages of the Internet for teenagers, the guide covers issues related to the main risks of the Internet and how to avoid them, how to protect privacy and the rules for experiencing the network in a safe and balanced way.
This initiative will be accompanied by a second phase that includes days dedicated to training for teachers, parents, pediatricians and police officers in different regions of Italy.