About the project
While new technology has opened a gateway for people to communicate in a positive way across the globe and provides numerous benefits to young people, it has also created a new way- a ‘dark side’ in which people can be bullied and harassed and there is now a demand for something to be done to protect children. According to the European Commission, cyberbullying is repeated verbal or psychological harassment carried out by an individual or group against others.
Cyberbullying occurs most frequently through email, web sites, forums, chat rooms, mobile phone text and picture messages, mobile phone cameras and social networking sites (Facebook, twitter, etc.). In other words, cyberbullying is a new manifestation of traditional bullying in the digital world.
Today’s children and young people have grown up in this ‘digital world’ that is very different from that of most adults. In fact, they were born digital and we, as parents/teachers/adults have difficulty in understanding these ‘digital natives’. While communication technologies support social activities that allows teenagers to feel free connected to their peers and experience the enjoyable world, the misuse of this technology can make the teenagers’ life unsafe, full of anxiety, alone and stressful.
The milestone that BECYBERSAFE set up this project comes from the dreadful figures of the numerous research studies in European countries. One of the these studies, which is supported by the European Commission, EU Kids Online Network (www.eukidsonline.net) has revealed an overall perspective on European kids’ (9-16 ages) internet related experiences. The research shows that 19% of children have been bullied either online or offline, and 12% bullied someone else.
Considering the results of previous researches, BECYBERSAFE is looking to address this problem by making survey-based research in our partner countries among teenagers’ online opportunities, risks, and safety implications against cyberbullying via a collaborative school‐family‐community partnership in a supportive physical and social environment with the help of laws and policies against cyberbullying.
Our target group is 12-17 aged teenagers of which the majority consists of school age children who are recognized as the main factor to be protected against the intensive pathological use of new media.
AIMS OF THE PROJECT
Through BECYBERSAFE, the partnership wants to create a set of approaches and strategies within the EU’s vision based on different ways of motivating and engaging teenagers in safer use of internet and campaign against cyberbullying.
With this project, the partnership is planning to raise awareness of the society and to provide core knowledge and guidelines which can help students, parents, and teachers for avoiding the undesired results of cyberbullying.
The partnership will also develop a BECYBERSAFE Guide Book to be implemented during the project among school directors, parents, teachers and the students, providing numerous anti-cyberbullying activities, practical advice and information on how to prevent it.
Reference Number: 2014-1-TR01-KA200-013354
Financement: Erasmus plus – KA2 Strategic Partnerships