Cybersafe

January 1, 2019 - December 31, 2020

Online gender based violence and bullying is a growing problem amongst especially teenagers, with  sometimes disastrous consequences. The project Cybersafe aims at raising awareness and promoting prevention of Cyber Gender Violence and Stereotypes (CGVS) and promotion of healthy relationships and online gender equality. The major objective of the project is to facilitate behavioural change among children, aged 12-18.

Description

Objectives

The objectives of the project are:

  • Create an evidence based, attitude-changing prevention educational intervention, for teenagers on Cyber Gender Violence Against Women and Girls (Cyber VAWG), applicable to all EU countries;
  • Address cyber VAWG as a form of violence against women and girls and develop a systematic gender sensitive approach to prevent it and promote healthy relationships and gender equality online;
  • Develop and promote innovative experiential as well as playful educational ICT tools that facilitate behavioural change among teenagers (12-18) on cyber VAWG;
  • Facilitate professionals working with teenagers (12-18) to run and implement educational prevention programmes on cyber VAWG;
  • Disseminate the developed intervention throughout Europe.

Target groups

Boys and girls, aged 12-18 are the primary target group of the project, as they constitute a population group that heavily builds relationships and communication online. Thus, awareness and education on issues of gender on the cyberspace are of essential. Moreover, women aged 18-24 are the group most at risk of experiencing cyber VAWG and, hence,
prevention programmes for teenagers are deemed necessary. In CYBERSAFE, teenagers will be involved in key activities of the project.

Professionals working with children in formal and informal learning settings (schools, minor centres, sports clubs, activity groups, etc.) are the second target group of the project. A third group are professionals working against gender based violence as they can provide valuable input especially in terms of being able to present messages that
illustrates the harmful effects that can arise from unhealthy (intimate) relationships and gender based violence. Last but not least, stakeholders across Europe (victim support organisations, children organisations, professional networks, policy makers, researchers, etc.) will be targeted via dissemination efforts to help diffuse the best practices developed to the wider European community.

Activities

Main project activities include:

- Specify the framework of Cyber VAWG among teenagers
- Develop Educational Prevention Intervention programme on Cyber       VAWG for teenagers (main element will be an online Serious Game)
- Assess the efficacy & impact of the developed intervention
- Disseminate project outputs to the wider community to enable     replication

Expected results

  1. A multifaceted prevention intervention for teenagers in 8 languages that combines offline & online elements with different messengers to educate & change attitudes
  2. Increased capacity of professionals working with children by enabling them to deliver intervention on Cyber VAWG

Facts and figures

Project manager

Sarah de Vos, sarah@icdi.nl 

Partners:

Union of Women Associations of Heraklion Prefecture Greece (lead partner)
TARTU ULIKOOL Estonia
UNIVERZA V LJUBLJANI Slovenia
WOMEN AGAINST VIOLENCE EUROPE. EUROPAISCHES NETZWERK GEGEN GEWALT AN FRAUEN UND KINDERN Austria
International Child Development Initiatives - ICDI Netherlands
SERIOUS GAMES INTERACTIVE APS Denmark
MTU NAISTE TUGI- JA TEABEKESKUS Estonia
Azienda Speciale Retesalute Italy
Northern Ireland Rape Crisis Association United Kingdom

Donor:

EU, throught its Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme