Cyber Violence against Girls – MOOC

September 1, 2020 - August 31, 2022

Online violence is a growing concern. More and more young people in the world have access to the Internet and social media, through smartphones and other digital devices. This provides many new social and educational opportunities, but also leads to more young people - girls in particular - being confronted with online violence.

The Cyber Violence against Girls (CYBERVAG) - MOOC project ais targeted at teachers and other school professionals who want to address gender-based online violence, including online sexual harassment and online safety, in the classroom. The project aims to build teachers capacity to recognize, address and prevent online violence against girls and to act in a safe and adequate way when cases occur through a MOOC (massive open online course). Furthermore, we will support teachers with new innovative teaching approaches and educational materials.

This project uses and builds on the educational programme and online tool developed in the CYBERSAFE project, in which ICDI is also a partner. 

Description

Across Europe, digital technology plays a central role in the social lives of young people and mobile phones are increasingly present in schools. The digital world enables young people to connect to their peers, to learn, to explore and to express themselves. A big part of their social life takes place online. This provides many positive opportunities, including educational ones. However, mobile phones can also turn into a tool for harassment and bullying. ‘Missteps’ can be recorded instantly, spread rapidly and viewed by a wide audience. Content can circulate online indefinitely.

Online violence is a growing concern and especially girls are becoming more and more vulnerable. They are more likely than boys to be victims of the most severe forms of online violence, in particular forms that have a sexual element, and the impact on their lives can be very traumatic. Estimates are that 1 in 3 women will have experienced a form of violence in her lifetime (WHO 2017); that 1 in 10 women have experienced a form of online violence from the age of 15 onwards (EU 2017); and that in the EU, 18% of girls have experienced a form of serious online violence by the time they are 15 years old (UNESCO 2015).

Online violence transcends the school environment and school professionals often lack the competences to recognize and address online violence and to act adequately when their students become involved as a victim, perpetrator or bystander

Activities

Project activities will take place in 4 EU-countries and include:

1. A representative survey among schools (headmasters) about the incidence, knowledge and response of school professionals concerning online violence against girls.

2. The development of a curriculum and educational resources for teachers about online violence against girls.

3. The development of a MOOC (massive open online course) for teachers, based on the aforementioned curriculum and educational material.

4. The development of an OER portal (open educational resources portal) about online violence with the emphasis on online violence against girls. 

Expected impact

  • A national report about online violence in schools (Estonia, Greece, UK, Slovenia
  • A joint comparative report about online violence in schools
  • An e-learning course (MOOC) for teachers
  • An OER (Open Educational Resources) portal for teachers
  • Tools and methodologies to educate teachers about online violence against girls
  • Educational materials for teachers to be be used in workshops with students
  • Increased sensitivity and awareness on gender stereotypes, victim blaming and sexism online
  • Changed attitudes towards prevention and elimination of online gender-based violence
  • Better visibility and use of measures and good practices for preventing online violence at the national and European level
  • Improved digital competence of teachers

Facts and Figures

Project manager

Sarah de Vos

Partners

University of Ljubljani, Slovenia (Lead Organisation)
International Child Development Initiatives, Netherlands
Union of Women Associations of Heraklion Prefecture, Greece
University of Tartu, Estonia
Serious Games Interactive, Denmark
Northern Ireland Rape Crisis Association, UK
Women’s Support and Information Centre (WSIC), Estonia

Donors

Erasmus + Programme KA2 - Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices/ KA205 - Strategic Partnerships for youth.

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