Erasmus + YOUTH IN ACTION
The use of various social media is a normal and integral part of daily life for young people and young adults nowadays. Moreover, with the spread of smartphones, today’s young generation are permanently online and thus constantly connected with virtual events.
The constant use of online media also has inherent dangers, though. Cyberbullying, or sexting, are forms of bullying that are carried out through e-mail, instant messaging, chat rooms or smartphones. These conflicts carried out in the virtual world thus find their way into the familiar environment of the home, leaving the victim without any safe haven. Furthermore, insults, abuse or compromising photos are retained for a long time on the internet in an endless loop of multimedia.
The BFI OÖ as an educational institution for young people therefore must have the task of being a point of contact for problems with said issues, of informing and educating, and initiating preventative measures.
The following dual strategy is intended to have a lasting impact (from the proposed project “Cyberbullying”):
- Prevention work/experience in the use of digital media through online learning and training modules for educators
- Intervention and early recognition through demonstrative example cases with a framework for discussion
- Active involvement of politics, to create sustainable frame conditions for the protection of children (and young people, note) in the digital world.
Foundation for Media and Online Addiction;
03/2015 – 02/2017