On 5 February 2013, ECPAT Belgium launched the project " Make-IT-Safe" on the occasion of the Safer Internet Day.
"Make-IT-Safe" is conducted in collaboration with four other ECPAT groups (Germany, United Kingdom, Austria and the Netherlands). It aims at enhancing knowledge of youth on a safe and responsible use of the internet and new online technologies in order to protect themselves against the potential risks of sexual exploitation and abuse online.
Originality of the project
The originality of the project is that young people themselves are responsible for their own prevention, through the "peer-2-peer" methodology.
In each group involved in the project, two young people will be trained to become "peer experts" in online safety, meaning that they will be a focal point to offer supportive listening, guidance and information to their "peers".
Throughout their training, they are supported by "coaches" who will act as a contact point for the youngsters and will also ensure the sustainability of the project.
In parallel, an expert group has been set up to accompany and supervise the project. It gathers professionals from different sectors: new technologies, peer-2-peer methodology, child rights, education, etc.
- Center for Unaccompanied Minors « El Paso », Gembloux
- Center for Unaccompanied Minors « Les Hirondelles », Assesse
- Center FEDASIL « Petit Château », Bruxelles
- Center FEDASIL, Woluwe
- AMO Mikado, Châtelet
- Athénée Royal, Beauraing
These partners have been joined in the course of the project by:
- AMO Dinamo, Dinant
- A dozen of young scouts from diverse units (Walloon Brabant)
First training: September 24, 2013
Its purpose was to:
- introduce young people to the basics of online security (with Microsoft), as well as their role as "peer experts."
- engage a collective reflection on the creation of a tool which will be used by young people to educate their "peers".
Second training: October 16, 2013
This session was mainly focused on:
- adjusting Facebook security settings
- installing Google Drive for future exchanges of information
- conducting a reflection on the tool which will be created at the end of the training.
Third training: November 12, 2013
This third session was dedicated to:
- place youths in situation in their peer experts roles
- organize the future development of the tool and assign roles in this creation
Fourth training: January 28, 2014
During this session, the different groups had the opportunity to finalize the scenarios (password, grooming, sexting, privacy, cyberbullying) that will be filmed next time.
In parallel, ECPAT Belgium has organised trainings for the scouts with more or less the same content but outside school hours. The first one has taken place on December, 18 and the second one is foreseen on January 18.
Fifth training: May 6, 2014
This training enabled the group to discuss the various roman-photos/films established by the groups concerning respect, the right of image, sexting and password.
During this reunion, the dissemination of the project was also discussed as well as the activities for parents and the sustainability of the project. Questionnaires were distributed to the youngsters and their coaches for the establishment of the evaluation made through the project.
Sixth training: October, 22, 2014
The 3 "romans photos" and 6 films realised by the scouts group and the other partners of the project have been presented during the training. Everybody had the opportunity to give a feedback in order to make the last changes.
This last session helped preparing the final conference of the project (17-18 November 2014), assessing the project together and elaborating ideas for its dissemination and sustainability.
International expert meeting (Berlin)
From the 7th to the 8th of February an international expert meeting has been held in Berlin that gathered participants from the 5 countries involved in the project. This meeting was a great opportunity to exchange on the implementation of the project in the different countries. Per country, 2 peer experts, one coach, 2 experts and 2 staff members have participated to the meeting.
Awareness-raising activities with parents
Since September 2014, a brochure for parents has been created by the ECPAT groups. The leaflet contains some practical advice to help parents discuss the online behaviour of their child with him/her. It exists in several languages: French, Dutch, German, Serbo-Croatian, Arabic, Turkish, Romanian, Russian, Bengali, Hindi, Punjabi, Urdu and Vietnamese.
The French flyer has been distributed to 80 parents during the conference "Usages et Mésusages des écrans" (2nd of October), by Bruno Humbeeck and organised by Parents Thèses.
Other raising awareness activities with parents are foreseen by the end of 2014.
Final Conference of the Make-IT-Safe Project (Brussels)
The closing conference of the Make-IT-Safe project took place in Brussels on Novembre 17 & 18. It gathered young peers, coaches and the ECPAT teams of the 5 participating countries (Austria, Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom) in order to share national experiences and to reflect together on the future of the project.
Representatives from the Council of Europe, the European Commission, the Delegate-General for the Rights of the Child of the Belgian French-speaking Community, EU Kids Online and Rutgers WPF have also participated to an interactive session with the youth on the ways to secure online safety.
Participation was the key word during the conference, as the young peers were actively involved in the preparation and in the different sessions. The two Belgian peer experts were delighted by the experience and the tools that were created in Belgium have had much success !
Tools created in Belgium
Co-funded by the European Union