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SAFE SURF: FIGHTING CYBER-BULLYING

The Internet is a wonderful space that can breed curiosity and independent learning, but also harbors potential dangers. Social networks are a world without regulators or filters, and for a lack of clear ethical codes of conduct in virtual platforms, children and youth are exposed to cyber bullying, and generational technological gaps keep parents and educators helpless in the face of this growing problem. The Safe Surf project provides students, teachers and parents effective tools for building an ethical code of virtual conduct and making their communities committed and accountable to it, and for monitoring, preventing and handling cyberbullying.


 

Project staff are running workshops and lectures for students, teachers and parents, in order to open a community-wide conversation on the problem and bring it to the surface. In every school, select students are chosen from different age cohorts are trained to form a group of "Web Faithfuls", whose job is to handle cyberbullying, assist students under attack, and keep the topic under the radar.  At the end of the training the 'Web Faithfuls' lead a special day at the school, during which they pass on this information. From that moment, the entire student body  are committed to be 'Web Faithfuls'. Project staff stay in touch with them to assist as much as possible, including taking down offensive content and more. At the same time project staff work with parents and teachers, to make the virtual world intelligible to them and give them tools for improved parental guidance.  


 

The project was developed at MTA Hub for Social Business Entrepreneurship, and is still housed at the MTA. 


 

Contact: Gal Cohen.