Roadmap next research phase

Posted by Maarten Van Mechelen on Saturday October 26th 2013 at 17:54

In our current research for EMSOC my colleagues and I focus on the development of digital, tangible tools for teachers to stimulate pro-social behavior off- and online within a class group, as a means to strengthen social cohesion and to prevent (cyber)bullying from happening in the first place (i.e. general prevention).


EMSOC poster presentation

Posted by Maarten Van Mechelen on Saturday August 10th 2013 at 17:38


EMSOC poster presented at Arts Centre Vooruit, May 2013.

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.