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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
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 email@example.com
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