About SocialWeb - SocialWork
The project SocialWeb - SocialWork was a knowledge enhancement project in the Safer Internet Programme funded by the European Commission with partners from the Czech Republic, Lithuania, Poland and Spain, coordinated by Stiftung Digitale Chancen, Germany. The duration of the project was from mid-May 2012 till the end of June 2014.
The project had one overarching objective: improving children's online safety by availing the positive energy and influence of social work on children and youths at risk. Social work for children and youths in general offers socio-educational aid for young people that helps to compensate their social disadvantages on the one hand and overcomes their individual impairments on the other hand. Young people often spend their leisure time at care centres, community centres, youth clubs, children's homes, but also public libraries, sports clubs and other institutions where they seek support and advice and at the same time often use the Internet together with their peers. The professionals working there are well acquainted with the daily life situations and the needs of their young target group. Nonetheless their own daily work is - if at all - only partly related to computers and Internet and they might lack the knowledge of how to address online threats and risky behavior.
The project strategy
- built on the social workers' detailed knowledge and acquaintance with the target group of vulnerable children and youths and
- addressed sensitively their need for knowledge on digital media use in social work.
- provided face-to-face training courses accompanied by online learning units, materials and tools to professionals working with children and youths at risk,
- measured the effects of such a training provision for the improvement of Internet safety for vulnerable children,
- exploited and valorised the project's findings and results.
The project Social Web - Social Work resulted in
- a training curriculum for professionals working with children and youths at risk
- accompanying tools and learning material for the trainees
- a certain number of trained professionals
- lessons learnt from the pilot training campaigns resulting in
- a train-the-trainer strategy that has proven its transferability and scalability to other European countries
An abstract of the project Social Web - Social Work can be found in the following languages:
- Abstrakt projektu v češtině
- Informationen zum Projekt in deutscher Sprache
- Informacija apie projektą lietuvių kalba
- Opis projektu w języku polskim
- Resumen del proyecto en español