‘Unmasking Dark Patterns, Navigating the Digital World Ethically’ was conducted by a UTAR lecturer for 96 local, orang Asli and refugee children ages 11 to 17.
The children learned how to identify common online tricks that were found in applications and websites that prompt them to do things they may not necessarily want to do. They explored different types of online tricks such as ‘Sneak into the Basket’, ‘Bait and Switch’, ‘Privacy Zuckering’ and ‘Confirmshaming’. In addition, the children understood the negative impact of online tricks on consumers. The session reminded them to be responsible and make wise decisions when it comes to navigating the online space for information.
A total of 19 students from 3 refugee schools participated in an engaging session on food waste conducted by the YTL Sustainability team. Haziq, our YTL scholar alumni took the lead, where the students explored what food waste is, the impact of food waste and the solutions to food waste.
The team talked about issues that were caused by food waste, such as hunger and climate change. The session incorporated videos, discussions and quizzes, which made learning fun and relevant. The students were very engaged, especially during the quiz!
Leaps Academy hosted a Christmas party for 44 orang Asli children of Temuan ethnicity, including the community coordinator and a few helpers from SEMOA, a non-governmental organisation from Kampung Tras, Pahang. A group of 2 lecturers and 8 students from UTAR led the Christmas craft session, where colourful Christmas garlands were made. After lunch, they had performances including dancing and playing the guitar while singing.
The highlight of the party was having the teachers meet their students in person for the first time – since Leaps Academy and Lions Raub have been conducting online classes for these children since March this year! Despite the initial shyness, the children were ecstatic to meet their teachers.
The children did a balloon twisting activity and some even gave their creations to their teachers as appreciation. They were also given opportunities to express their gratitude to their teachers through simple speeches. The teachers had a great time getting to know more about each other too!
After the party, the students explored the vicinity of Bukit Bintang as many of them had never been there before. They departed at around 4:30pm.