Preventing and coping with (cyber)bullying: participatory mapping towards self-regulatory strategies

Posted by Maarten Van Mechelen on Sunday July 14th 2013 at 17:15

EMSOC_PicturesCollectAs part of the EMSOC-project (User Empowerment in a Social Media Culture) that investigates the influence of social media on the (dis)empowerment of vulnerable individuals and groups, this report presents the first step of a research on combating (cyber)bullying. The goal of this research is to provide teachers with a (digital) toolkit to facilitate 9 to 10-year-olds to become more self-regulatory as a class group in preventing and coping with traditional bullying as well as cyberbullying. In line with the Participatory Design approach at the core of this research, we identified a set of preconditions for effectively combating (cyber)bullying and collected suggestions for how these preconditions can be created. For this purpose, we involved different experts and teachers in a series of participatory mapping sessions using the MAP-it tool. The results should be seen as a metaphorical map, indicating roads, dangers and opportunities in the design process of the toolkit. Since children are important stakeholders as well, they will be actively involved as design partners in the next steps of the project.

Design op Maat (Bespoke Design) @ D4H2013

Posted by Selina Schepers on Monday July 8th 2013 at 12:00

The 2nd European Conference on Design4Health took place on Wed 3rd – Fri 5th July 2013. Social Spaces presented one of their projects Design op Maat, which is a collaboration with FabLab Genk and concerns the development of open tools for self-managing diabetes. The reactions on the presentation were great: people liked the fact that we develop ‘bespoke‘ tools and that we focus on documentation of meaningful viewpoints. Moreover the audience liked our methodological approach using design games. Take a look at the presentation and also at the project blog (Dutch). The project follows an open philosophy, and is always looking for collaborations. Let us know if you are interested.