The CYBERSAFE Toolkit is an innovative, evidence-based educational prevention programme, which promotes safe, responsible online behavior among boys and girls.
The CYBERSAFE Toolkit is intended for teachers or other professionals working with young people, who want to address the issue of online sexual violence, in the classroom or in another setting.
The toolkit provides all necessary materials to facilitate four workshops. Workshop topics include the four main types of online sexual violence:
a) Non-consensual sharing of sexual images
b) Exploitation, coercion and threats
c) Sexualised bullying
d) Unwanted sexualization.
After participating in the workshops, young people:
- can recognise (signs of) online sexual violence.
- understand the emotional impact and other possible consequences of online sexual violence for anyone involved.
- know how to prevent online sexual violence.
- know how to respond in an adequate, supportive and positive way if they themselves or someone else experiences online sexual violence.
Content of the CYBERSAFE Toolkit
The Toolkit consists of two elements:
2. the CYBERSAFE Online Tool.
During the workshops, the CYBERSAFE Online Tool guides the group though real-life case scenarios, voting sessions, group discussion and role play exercises.
The CYBERSAFE Toolkit was translated in Estonian, Slovenian, Dutch, Danish, German, Greek and Italian. All CYBERSAFE materials are available on the project website: www.stoponlineviolence.eu.
The impact of the CYBERSAFE Toolkit
Over 1000 young people have participated in pilot workshops that were organized in Estonia, UK, Italy, and Greece. A Behavioral Impact Assessment was conducted to evaluate the impact of the CYBERSAFE workshops on the knowledge/awareness, saliency, attitudes, behavioral intentions and social norms of young people. Positive change was observed in each element, showing how effective the Toolkit can be in promoting safe, responsible online behavior. For example, patterns of victim blaming (when victims are held responsible for experiencing online sexual violence) were significantly reduced after participating in the workshop and the perception of how harmful online violence can be went up with 22%.
The CYBERSAFE video teaser was launched, a promotional video that gives an impression of a CYBERSAFE Workshop in action.