Approximately 1 child in 3 is cyberbullied at some point during their childhood and adolescence, and 2 in 5 victims consider that speaking about their problem to a parent or teacher will only make the issue worse. As schools and communities traditionally focus on bullying every November, the Insight team has worked with the Council of Europe to create tips for parents and teachers.
Digital technology is just a very small part of our big, wonderful world, and to remind us of this the children at Mariaschool Someren in the Netherlands have sent us their artwork about life in the ocean. You can find them in the Kids Corner on the home page. Insight is celebrating the start of the new school year in another way too, with the creation of leaflets for parents and teachers on how to help children become responsible digital citizens.
Looking for an exciting way to introduce young children to the opportunities and challenges of using digital tools responsibly before they begin using social media? Insight's All Aboard for DigiTown may be just what you are looking for. A classroom version for online lessons is now available too, and the Icelandic version was launched this week. French, Dutch and Arabic versions are coming soon.
Cyberbullying, cyberintimidation, sextortion, addiction... Moroccan children find themselves helpless in front of these dangers. Not only victims, but unfortunately, many young people also become actors of these acts.
Among children, 80% spend most of their time in front of screens, 58% of them access Facebook and 22% think that the Internet represents no danger. As for parents, 41% think that children should learn good practices at school and only 28% have the necessary skills to accompany their children on the Internet.
In the absence of clear legal rules to fight cybercrime, it appears that the solution lies mainly in education and awareness actions.
Faced with this worrying situation, several organizations have already started to react by raising awareness among children about the Internet and its dangers. Insight is also involved in training Moroccan children, professionals and parents through workshops and activities. Insight also uses its digital compass to reinforce published studies.
Educating young people about virtue and wisdom is a challenging task for educators. This week Insight has contributed to an ongoing project about this at the University of Birmingham: https://www.jubileecentre.ac.uk/media/news/article/6814/New-Expert-Insights-into-Cyber-Wisdom-and-Digital-Citizenship
Children in Morocco are the biggest users of digital technology Africa, which underlines the need for them to learn how to connect safely. Insight, in collaboration with the Council of Europe and the CMRPI, has spent the last two weeks in Rabat, bringing together parent associations, mobile providers, tech companies and government representatives to listen to the challenges and share ideas and good practice. In July and August, children in Rabat will polish their internet safety skills in daily workshops organised by the Association Ibny.