We work to teach people how to use new technologies competently and safely.
Digitization is changing how we communicate, how we stay informed and how we learn. This gives us so many new ways to participate in society. However, there are certain skills people need to know if they are going to take advantage of these opportunities. It's one thing to know how to use a smartphone, but it's also important to be aware of the risks associated with digital communication. Through diverse projects and initiatives in Germany and Europe, Deutsche Telekom promotes media literacy among children, young people, and adults of all ages.
Media competency for young and old
How can children gain an understanding of and appreciation for the value of personal data? What impact do social networks have on the opinions of children and adolescents? What can and what should everyone beware of with app purchases? These are the type of questions answered by Deutsche Telekom via its initiative “Teachtoday” and website of the same name. This is where parents and educational staff will find important information and various materials for safe and competent media use, from our app with hints and tricks to our dossier on privacy or the Media Competence Test.
But also adults need skills to use digital media with confidence. Our #TAKEPART-Stories enable multipliers to address topics from the digital world with their workshop groups: opinion manipulation, digital estate, digital civil courage and many more - easy to understand, innovative and full of tips. Besides the workshops in various lengths there are also facilitators' guides that enable also less experienced trainers an easy access - in English, German and simple German.
Internationally, the individual country subsidiaries of Telekom have various projects committed to helping people in rural areas, seniors or people with disabilities learn how to use the internet and smartphones.
Internet access for every student – the Telekom@School initiative
In today's society, Internet access is a prerequisite for equal education opportunities. Because of this, we offer a free broadband connection to all general education schools throughout Germany through our Telekom@School infrastructure project.
Deutsche Telekom Stiftung foundation
As one of Germany's largest educational foundations, Deutsche Telekom Stiftung is dedicated to improving education in the subjects of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and in the field of digital learning. The foundation's activities range from establishing school competitions and providing innovative teaching materials to cooperation at a political and community level.