MIOS is involved as partner in the new Knowledge Center on Medial Literacy (Kenniscentrum Mediawijsheid). This consortium of 12 partners, coordinated by iMinds Digital Society, will work on tools and initiatives to enhance media literacy in Flanders: iMinds-ICRI KU Leuven, Cemeso Vrije Universiteit Brussel, MIOS Universiteit Antwerpen, LINC vzw, JAVI-Jeugdwerknet, Stuurgroep Volwassenenonderwijs via VOCVO, MAKS, REC Radiocentrum, Thomas More, Katholieke Hogeschool Limburg en Provinciaal Hogeschool Limburg.
The MIOS team develops several tools to inform and sensitize parents, teachers and youth workers on different issues, e.g. interpersonal communication online, privacy and contact risks (e.g. cyberbullying, sexting), gaming (including serious games and advergames).
In april 2014, MIOS researchers Michel Walrave and Joris Van Ouytsel co-authored a guide for parents, teachers and other adults involved in the education of young people entitled Mediawijs Online.
This book includes a review of the scientific knowledge on several online behaviours and related opportunities and risks (self-disclosure, privacy, sexting, online grooming, cyberbullying, online marketing, ...). Each chapter ends with concrete advice for parents, teachers and young people. The book is published in Dutch.
In september 2014, a new guide for parents and teachers was released concerning gaming.
More information about the Knowledge Center on Media Literacy can be found on the center's website and on the CJSM site (Departement Cultuur, Jeugd Sport & Media).