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SIAC

Promoting a Safe Use of Internet Against Cyberbullying (SIAC)

Grant Agreement N: 2020-2-UK01-KA205-079438

Context of The Problem

Cyberbullying of vulnerable young people is an increasing concern among all Erasmus+ countries. The heavy reliance on the internet experienced by many throughout the Covid-19 pandemic highlights the need for an urgent response that will enable both young people and youth workers to better deal with cyberbullying.

There is evidence to suggest that being cyberbullying disproportionately effects LGBTI+ groups. According to the FRA’s latest European LGBT survey, 91 to 97 % of school students have heard negative comments or seen negative conduct because a schoolmate was perceived to belong to an LGBT group during school years.

At RJ4All we have received many calls and messages on social media from young people reporting being bullied online. Some of them expressed thoughts of self-harming in relation to this. To address these concerns, the RJ4All International Institute has brought together a strategic partnership from four Erasmus+ countries to form the SIAC project in order to combat cyberbullying, with a particular focus on LGBT.

The project will disseminate its results at national and European levels, in so doing helping to achieve the objectives of the new EU Youth Strategy and the Erasmus+ Inclusion and Diversity Strategy in the field of youth.

Project Objectives
  • Raise awareness of the importance of a safe use of the internet as well as capacity build youth workers and all those working with young people at risk of being cyber-bullied using an innovative approach called restorative justice.
  • Supporting young people, as both potential perpetrators and victims of cyberbullying, to combat cyberbullying.
  • Supporting youth workers and other relevant professionals to better meet the needs of young people at risk of cyberbullying.
  • Increase the professionals’ skills, knowledge and confidence to allow them to foster their young peoples’ resilience as well as knowledge in safely using the internet and being safe from cyberbullying.
  • Promoting quality, innovation and recognition of youth work. 

Introductory Project Video

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The European Commission support for the production of this publication does not constitute an endorsement of the contents which reflects the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein

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