Let’s talk about it is an interdisciplinary (extreme type) e-Service-Learning project carried out by four students from different degree courses: two from primary education sciences and two from business communication, marketing and advertising.
The students set the objective of carrying out an information service for adolescents about free psychological support centers. Thus, they have created a page on Instagram, called “@Parlane con me”, because it is a widely used social media by teens and therefore more effective to reach them. In order to make the project practicable, they decided to focus on a circumscribed area: the city of Rome.
Their service was an Advocacy Service-Learning activity aimed at raising awareness about issues of public interest.
For each issue addressed (bullying, anxiety, eating disorders, alcohol abuse, domestic violence, depression, family problems) the students spent a week developing three social contents and talking with their web community. The three contents were structured in the following order:
- description of the problem characteristics;
- description of the problem’s symptoms;
- list of centers where to ask for help (with the collaboration of psychologists)
Throughout the project the students had online reflection sessions with faculty. They felt gratified to know that they were doing something for others:
“even if our contribution was small, we know that it is by starting from small things that we can make a difference.
They also put into practice what they learned theoretically during the degree course: creating content, managing a page on social media, making it grow by increasing engagement, creating a homogeneous feed that could capture attention, creating a logo, deepening psychological-educational issues. Besides, they developed soft skills of project management, team-working, communication, listening, negotiation, flexibility and problem-solving.