The Online Empowerment Project
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Cyber Bullying Program
Cyberbullying, yet again has emerged as a significant concern, affecting the well-being and mental health of many primary school-age students. Safe on Social has developed The Online Empowerment Project - Cyber Bullying Education Program exclusively designed for Primary/Elementary Schools and up to Year 8 students to address this pressing issue.
Statistics have highlighted the urgent need to address the growing issue of cyberbullying. In May 2023, the highest number of cyberbullying complaints was reported to the eSafety Commissioner since the inception of eSafety's cyberbullying scheme in July 2015. The increasing number of complaints from children in school years 5, 6, and 7 is particularly concerning.
According to the data, there were approximately 230 cyberbullying complaints in May alone, with around 100 involving children aged eight to 13 who experienced harm. Nasty comments, offensive pictures or videos, and impersonation accounts were among the most reported issues. The fact that children as young as eight are seeking support and experiencing deep distress due to cyberbullying incidents is alarming.
Primary Schools to Year 8
The prevalence of sophisticated and deceptive cyberbullying tactics further emphasises the urgency of addressing this issue. Children are resorting to creating fake accounts to target and bully others. The impact of cyberbullying on young individuals' mental health and well-being should not be underestimated.
This specialist program focuses solely on cyberbullying education, providing targeted education strategies that are relevant and age-appropriate for primary school students and supports their teachers and parents with resources throughout the year - so the conversation is not just a one-off presentation but a year-long positive conversation. We understand that some cyber safety education provider presentations can overwhelm children with too much information about various apps and platforms and, therefore, can be counterproductive. In this program, we prioritise teaching them what they need to know now, focusing only on cyberbullying to encourage seeking support, speaking up, and ending bullying behaviour.....and most importantly feeling empowered.
Tailored Curriculum - Our program is designed for primary school students through to Year 8, ensuring that the content and activities are age-appropriate, engaging, and relevant to their experiences.
Latest Strategies - We stay up-to-date with the latest research and trends in cyberbullying to provide schools with cutting-edge strategies that effectively address the issue.
Empowering Students - We focus on empowering students to seek support, speak up against cyberbullying, and cultivate positive online relationships.
Interactive Learning - Our program incorporates interactive activities, discussions, and role-playing exercises to engage students and facilitate a deeper understanding of cyberbullying actively.
Practical Tools and Resources - We provide schools with practical tools, resources, and guidelines that can be implemented in classrooms to promote a safe and supportive online environment.
Professional Development - Not just for students, Safe on Social offers professional development opportunities for teachers, equipping them with the knowledge and skills necessary to continue the program throughout the year in the classroom. We also teach you how to protect yourself and your family if you are a victim of cyberbullying and what to do if there is a disclosure, what is your duty of care and everything you need to know now.
Certificate of completion - Schools will be provided a template to enable a co-branded certificate of completion to be developed and distributed to students.
Ongoing Support - Need advice? don't worry. We are just an email away.
It is essential to recognise that cyberbullying is not limited to school hours and no amount of phone bans will fix the problem. We will provide you with information and resources to be shared with parents throughout the year.
Regular conversations about how to discuss responsible online behaviour, ethics, appropriate device usage, and reporting incidents are crucial in addressing cyberbullying as a broader societal issue. We can collectively create a safer online environment by taking proactive measures, fostering open communication, and staying actively involved in children's online lives