Youth Participation in Online Bullying Prevention

An international development project focusing on children’s and adolescent’s participation in the work against online harassment and intimidation.

Internet and social media give young people tremendous opportunities for learning and developing, but online environments are also uneasy places for many children and young people. According to Friends Online Report 2015, one in three children and youth in Sweden have been subjected to harassments or intimidations online and in social media.

Together with four organizations from Finland, Estonia and Hungary, Friends implements an international method developing project during 2015-2016. The overall project objective is to increase youth participation in prevention of harassment, intimidation and bullying, and to improve methods of mapping how young people feel, both online and offline.

In the project, Friends works along with three pilot schools in the Gothenburg area. Through workshops and training courses, the students are involved and guide the development of new innovative methods to activate other students, school staff and parents in the preventive work to foster a safe environment in school. The result of the project is an updated and enhanced framework for the school’s efforts to foster a safe environment.

All work and development in the project are based on current legislation, the school’s common principles mandate and the latest research in the field. The training material is based on best practices, research and experiences from different European countries. In addition to development of new methods, the project aims to develop a European network of research-based practices in the field.

The work presented in this website has been produced with the financial support of the Daphne Programme of the European Union. The contents of this website are the sole responsibility of Friends and our partners and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Commission.flag_yellow_high-webb

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