Cyberbullying of vulnerable young people is a reality and an increasing concern among all Erasmus+ countries.
The recent events and heavy reliance on the internet caused by the COVID-19 pandemic highlight the need for an urgent response that will enable both young people and youth workers to better deal with cyberbullying. At this critical point in time, the RJ4All International Institute brought together a strategic partnership from four Erasmus+ countries to address multiple Sectorial and Horizontal programme priorities.
The project will exchange its results at national and European levels, helping in this way to achieve the objectives of the new EU Youth Strategy and the Erasmus+ Inclusion and Diversity Strategy in the field of youth. In particular:
YOUTH: Promoting quality, innovation and recognition of youth work
The projects aims to support youth workers and other professionals working with young who are at risk of cyberbullying. It will increase the skills, knowledge and confidence that will allow these professionals to foster their young peoples' resilience as well as knowledge in using the internet and being safe from cyberbullying. This will be achieved through the project tailored and evidence-based accredited training and other social actions, which will drive innovation and quality in European youth work. The project will accredit these courses with a Continuous Professional Development (CPD) status, certifying all trainees and in this way promoting the quality of youth work and validating a grey area of youth. The strategic partnership has been formed in a way that it will allow it to pilot the project's training tools adapting them to (a) local needs (b) EU wide context. In particular, the project will disseminate at national and international levels innovative tools (1 course, 1 e-course, 1 ebook) for the development of skills and competences. These results will also include inbuilt assessment tools creating for the first time educational and training material that are CPD accredited and which will help prevent cyberbullying with an emphasis on sexual orientation.
HORIZONTAL: Supporting individuals in acquiring and developing basic skills and key competences & HORIZONTAL:Innovative practices in a digital era
Among the main priorities of the project is to support opportunities for all in acquiring and developing key competences and innovative practices in a digital Era and the strengthening of professional staff in all participating organizations and institutions, raising the quality of innovative education to the exploration of new methodology for the safe use of the internet. To improve the quality of the implementation of the curriculum improvement in this area will bring a high level of knowledge about cybersecurity. Our aim is also to improve young peoples' digital literacy and the use of technology in a safe way. Enhancing this knowledge and experiences will enable our target groups' adaptation to the digital age and shape their future professions. We will increase the quality of the implementation by trying to get the tutors' knowledge about safe use of the internet and cyberbullying. The project also aims to minimize the harassment of students that have bad habits with the use of the Internet through innovative education.
In order for the project to achieve its goal, the following objectives need to be achieved:
O1: to understand the extent, seriousness, and dynamics of cyberbullying,
O2: to recognize and respond early and effectively to behaviors that can lead to cyberbullying,
O3: to learn about new, effective strategies for controlling bullying.
O4: to raise awareness among the youngest regarding the problems that emerge from a wrong use of the internet, such as social media.