GEORGIA Safer Internet Day Committee
Keeping Children Safe Online project in World Vision Georgia has been making significant progress towards its goal of creating greater awareness of safe use of the internet and mobile devices for children “children make good judgements, can protect themselves, manage emotions, and communicate ideas."
This year the project significantly over-achieved set targets through active youth engagement approach. There are visible progresses in gaining new knowledge and skills and even signs of behavioural changes among 1008 children as well as 622 teachers and parents who participated in KCSO trainings. Furthermore, strong network of peer educators ensure that key messages are passed to wider audience and their peers also benefit from the project outcomes. In addition to trainings, the project managed to cover extended target area through cooperation with the Ministry of Education of Georgia to place KCSO materials on the state educational website www.buki.ge where all students and teachers have everyday access and developing project webpage www.saferinternet.ge, which already received over 2000 visitors. Nowadays, not only WVG served communities have access to the information but all children throughout Georgia. This result is sustained by strong partnership with the Ministry and Microsoft Georgia, which will also act as the key partner during next Safer Internet Day. Microsoft Georgia logo is placed on the page as the main supporter. The logo is also linked to Microsoft Family Safety Tool with tips and instructions translated into Georgian. MS Georgia will be a supporter of upcoming Safer Internet Day as well.
Planned Activities for Safer Internet Day 2013
- in some of the schools, youth clubs will organize drawing
competition among interested children on the topic of internet safety and particularly on
"online rights and responsibilities", which is also SID'13 theme. We'll choose best 12
drawings and print 2013 year calendar .
Another youth clubs will organize theater plays where the scenery will be concrete online safety related issues. After the first play, it will be re-played again but attending youth will be given an opportunity to stop the play anytime, replace one of the actors and redirect the plan on his/her own way, so that the issue gets prevented or solved. It can be re-played several times with different versions. This is excellent learning tool used by different youth organizations worldwide.
Youth Advisory Council which consists of 15 members are trained in video shooting and already experienced how to make and edit short videos. We can ask interested members of the council to shoot videos on the theme "online rights and responsibilities" by their eyes and understanding. We can arrange showing of these videos on local TV, as well as upload on KCSO web, our facebooks and youtube. The same activity is planned in Kakheti ADP.
Youth will carry paintings with different social network logos, as well as informational materials and will fly balloons with key slogans on safe internet usage. All above mentioned activities will be highlighted by local mass media.
Georgia - World Vision Safer Internet Day activities
More than 900 school children across Georgia learnt about the serious side of the internet today, Safer Internet Day, with messages about the risks and staying safe shared in 40 rural schools through World Vision’s Keeping Children Safe Online project.
“Our virtual lives – it’s more than a game, it’s your life”, was the key message on flyers targeting young people across Imereti, Samtske Javakheti and Kakheti regions, where World Vision runs Area Development Programmes and assists children and their families through sponsorship.
Safer Internet Day is organised by Insafe in February to promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially amongst children and young people across the world.
This year, World Vision offices in Georgia and Armenia participated in the campaign through the regional Keeping Children Safe Online project.
“Due to the fact that more and more children and youth have access to the internet the launch of the Keeping Children Safe Online project in Georgia is timely”, said Nutsi Odisharia, World Vision’s Children in Especially Difficult Circumstances Programme Manager in Georgia.
“To fully benefit from the good that the internet brings us we should all be aware of the threats and risks that it exposes us to. This project will raise awareness of children and youth on safe internet surfing and it will also allow us to mobilise stakeholders around the issue and search for creative solutions to prevent and respond to online abuse and bullying”, added the programme manager.
An interactive DVD for children is currently being translated into the Georgian language for Georgian children and youth through the Keeping Children Safe Online project. The project will work with rural communities that have access to the internet to ensure caregivers and internet users are aware of online risks that can lead to abuse and exploitation and will equip users with the knowledge and skills to protect themselves online.
World Vision in Georgia
World Vision started working with Georgians in 1994—a critical year when Georgia had newly declared its independence and faced economic collapse with severe gas, electricity and heating shortages. World Vision Georgia's (WVG) first programs were focused on small enterprise education and development as well as emergency food relief programs providing the most vulnerable population of Georgia with supplementary food rations for their physical effort on various community projects across eastern and southern Georgia. In general, WVG has always been active in helping victims of natural disasters and vulnerable people in need through emergency food, school rehabilitation or variety of items from gift in kind catalog.
Find out more about SID in Georgia here.