Camouflage and Safety in the Virtual World Erasmus Project

General information for the Camouflage and Safety in the Virtual World Erasmus Project

Camouflage and Safety in the Virtual World Erasmus Project
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Project Title

Camouflage and Safety in the Virtual World

Project Key Action

This project related with these key action: Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices

Project Action Type

This project related with this action type : Strategic Partnerships for school education

Project Call Year

This project’s Call Year is 2015

Project Topics

This project is related with these Project Topics: New innovative curricula/educational methods/development of training courses; ICT – new technologies – digital competences; International cooperation, international relations, development cooperation

Project Summary

The aim of “Camouflage and Safety in the Virtual World” was to create awareness about cyberbullying and the need of Internet safety which are the major issues of digital age. We were watching as in our school increases the number of cases of bullying ,especially cyberbullying and we developed a training guide for all teachers, students and parents to help to solve this problem .We tried to prevent bullying and to tackle the cases of bullying effectively because no prevention efforts would make bullying disappear once and for all. Moreover we were constantly monitoring the situation in partner schools and the changes taking place over time .Although cyberbullying appears, according to statistics, not very often in comparison to other Internet dangers, it is proved to be emotionally the most painful Internet danger . Our target was to make aware all stakeholders (children, youngsters, teachers, parents, local society, educational policy makers, local authirities, authorities in partner countries) of how important are ICT nowadays and how to make a conscious and safe use of it. We tried to equip our students with digital skills and competences to learn, live and work in a hyper-connected world. Although most of our students are digital natives they are not digital competent. Most of them use the Internet daily despite not being taught any safety policies or useful tips connected with using it. They tend to download anything, accept whatever and they really don’t understand exactly what every click means. In the future it can have negative impact for them when entering in the working world.We tried to teach children and young people, parents and carers, educators or social care workers, or indeed industry, decision makers, politicians to be competent users of the Social networks, because they are a critical resource for their career and educational futures but the entry to the world can be difficult and rules need to be followed. Teachers, parents must be aware and understand how they can support their students to enter the world safely so that their digital footprint is positive and they are aware of the issues.
The project also highlighted ways in which online technology is used for good practices in the education field (eTwinning program,e-learning, blended learning, CERT,Gateway) ,This portrayed a concrete picture of the realities today’s children live in, where computer is part of their life. Contemporary reality and technology have increased the amount of time young people spend on the Internet. Many of the situations that are created in the virtual space are just as real as if they take place in person, because they are related to communication and exchange not only information but also emotions. That’s why young people are faced with the task of not only learn how to manage reality, but also for actions in the virtual world.
The partners created school policies and procedures in the form of a guide applicable to any primary level school within their countries or even within European territory on the safe use of the Internet and preventing cyberbullying. As the problem is international we exchanged good practise on the topic not only between schools from different countries, different cultures and historical and geographical background but also with international institutions (University of Coimbra,Portugal, Intermedi@kt , Greece). University of Coimbra has enormous experience in the subject of cyberbullying (numerous international research and projects) and was leading organisation in teacher training activities. We have one school from the poorest region of Bulgaria and there we organised one of Teaching/Training/Learning Activities in order to give those community of students and teachers opportunity to understand the diversity of European cultures and languages.Two of project partners haven’t had previous experience in international project so they benefitted most from the multicultural experience of others, i.e. University of Coimbra, which differs much from the learning/teaching environment of their home countries. Both our project meetings in reality and in virtual world (blended mobility) were a valuable international pedagogical experience for the teachers and students involved in organisation and implementation of the project. We compared different education systems, test innovative teaching methods, peer-learned and used new gained experience in the project activities and are going to practice them after the end of the project in daily routine.The project strenghtened the capacities of organisations involved benfiting from new perspectives and experience and European dimension in school education, enabled students and teachers to work together in multinational and multidisciplinary groups and so benefit from special learning and teaching conditions not available in a single institution and to gain new perspective on the topis of cyberbullying.

EU Grant (Eur)

Funding of the project from EU: 132510 Eur

Project Coordinator

Szkola Podstawowa w Pobiedziskach & Country: PL

Project Partners

  • Sredno obshtoobrazovatelno uchilishte “Lyuben Karavelov”