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World Vision’s Keeping Children Safe Online (KCSO) project was implemented in Armenia, Lebanon, Georgia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Jerusalem-West Bank-Gaza and recently in Albania. 

Armenia and Lebanon were the first National Offices (NO’s) to start the KCSO in 2009 with the launch of multimedia child-friendly, age-appropriate tools and resources that promote safer internet usage. The resources were contextualized and translated into English, Armenian and Arabic. The program trained adults, children and youth as trainers, so that the knowledge and skills could be shared through school and other community meetings. In 2011, World Vision expanded the program through its offices in Georgia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Jerusalem-West Bank-Gaza. Work is underway to bring the project to Albania and even further afield to Latin America and West Africa, which will bring the number of languages in which the project is available to nine.

The project has since taken new paths, especially with children taking a more active role than anticipated. In many cases a network of peer educators were formed where peers trained other peers developing their own methodologies and techniques. Taking it one step further, children felt the need to train their own parents giving an opportunity for both generations to discover each other’s world.

A variety of stakeholders have been involved, in 2010, World Vision partnered with Insafe to build on the best safer internet practices and tools, as well as to learn from, and collaborate, with other European Union Safer Internet Centres and Helplines. Through the partnership with local organizations and governments, including the ministries of education, ministry of social affairs, Microsoft, child protection NGO’s in Armenia, Lebanon, Georgia, the Palestinian Territories and Albania – the project has reached more than 5,800 children, 4,800 parents and 3,000 teachers through training and peer-to-peer projects that help keep children and youth safe online. Activities have included street fairs, school video competitions, round table discussions, debates and youth workshop. 

Summary of results

  • 5800 children increased knowledge and life skills on protecting themselves and peers from online abuse and violence, and also reporting the cases. 
  • 4800 families increased knowledge and skills on creating a protective environment for their children against online violence and abuse.
  • Schools in participating countries have adapted the curricula to include online protection. Distance learning courses were designed for teachers country wide in Armenia.
  • 3000 teachers specialized in KSCO to increase the protective environment of children. 
  • KCSO advocated for a change in laws, by laws, procedures, policies through online reporting mechanisms, changed in state school curricula and policy mapping in Albania. etc. 
  • In 4 countries e-Helplines and Hotlines were developed and included as a component of each country’s larger reporting and referral (R+R) mechanism.
  • 25 partnerships established including (Ministries, global, regional agencies, etc) to ensure children are protected online. 
  • Around 10 peer educators groups established to serve to this purpose.
  • KCSO has been a catalyst for communities and families to talk about CP and social norms, which in the past has been viewed as a taboo subject. 

Some interesting resources can be found here:

KCSO webpage : http://beta.wvi.org/keeping-children-safe-online

Armenia Safer Internet Website - www.safeinternet.am

Georgia Safer Internet website - www.saferinternet.ge 

JWG Safer Internet Website - www.saferonline.ps

For more information on each country’s specific event please go to their own SID page or to learn more about the Keeping Children Safe Online regional project, please contact Mandy Yamanis at mandy_yamanis@wvi.org

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