The 10.5 million Children Affected by Migration (CAM) who are refugees, asylum seekers economic migrants, or children left behind by migrating parents/carers, are the most vulnerable children in Europe, threatened by the highest rates of cyber bullying, radicalization and on-line grooming.
BeCSR focuses on CAM aged 8-13 at a critical age for learning to use the internet. The project develops their Social and Emotional Learning (SEL), and increases their on-line media literacy so that they have the ability to protect themselves and other children and to make safe and responsible decisions when they are on-line; including in particular their avoidance of, and response to, cyberbullying, radicalization and grooming - as victims or as bystanders.
The internet is the most powerful aid for universal access to learning yet developed. Damage and harm caused by abuse and improper use of the internet is one of the biggest threats to vulnerable children that society faces. 50%+ of EU teens have been bullied online, and 50% have engaged in cyber bullying. UNHCR reports a rise in xenophobia, racism and racial attacks resulting from the recent increase in the migrant population in Europe. CAM are 2x as likely to be victims of cyberbullying and 3x more likely to suffer social exclusion on social media.
Victims of cyberbullying suffer reduced learning capacity and lose all the benefits that on-line learning provides. In extreme circumstances the abuse leads to suicide. The rate of suicide among teenagers has increased in recent years to 9 per 100,000 average across Europe and is linked to the influence of social media.
SEL (Social and Emotional Learning) is a process of acquiring social and emotional values, attitudes, competencies, knowledge and skills that are essential for learning, effectiveness, wellbeing and success in life.
Although it can be taught, most SEL is assimilated and requires the appropriate climate in school and in the home for SEL to flourish. Consequently the SEL improvement for CAM will be achieved alongside the improvement to the climate of convivencia (living in harmony) in schools and in the home.
The project includes an essential parent/carer education programme.
Our aim is to create the school and home environment of convivencia and improved SEL so that children know and understand better how to make decisions about their safe and responsible behaviour on the internet leading to lifelong learning behaviour in harmony with others in the world around them.
The transnational approach of ICAM and now of BeCSR enables the partners to combine expert knowledge from the UK, Spain Italy, Romania and EU (through OEC ) with the international reach of Associates UNICEF Terre des Hommes and Eurochild to develop approaches which will truly help reduce the damage to CAM and promote the positive benefits of safe and responsible internet usage for all children in Europe.
The structured dissemination of this project has the potential to not only reach all CAM in Europe but also to provide a model to help schools and parents/carers improve the safe and responsible use of the internet by and for ALL CHILDREN.
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