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German training campaign launched in Cologne

by Jessica Euler, Stiftung Digitale Chancen
Published on: 30.04.13
Source: eigener Bericht

Training in Köln mit der Trainerin Jane Jenner

After the kick-off training for the project partners in Poland, the first training of the project, SocialWeb - Social Work took place in Germany in mid-April 2013. It was conducted by the trainer Jane Jenner together with the trainer David Hollstein in the premises of the "Northside" children and youth facility in Cologne.

The training began with an introduction of the trainees and their respective fields of work. Curiosity aroused the special themes related to social networks. With two test accounts newcomers were able to have their first experiences with a social network, check the privacy settings, connect with the "old hands" who already have their own social network accounts and communicate with them. Introduced to the fascination of young people in social networks and other social web applications, participants were carefully led to understanding also to the risks and threats on the Internet. By imparting intervention and prevention measures to the trainees they got acquainted with suggestions how to safeguard children and youths and how to react appropriately in situations when young people are in trouble because of the Internet.

Insights into the training content and its appropriateness are also derived from the feedback of the trainees, who expressed their comments in the final round as follows: "Now I have ideas and steps in mind what can I do when we are faced with cyber bullying" or "I have an idea of what young people do on Facebook" but also findings such as" I know now it can have wide-spread impacts when young people publish things on social networks and what privacy settings are" were taken home.

The project SocialWeb - SocialWork is 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 is 24 months from May 2012. In April 2014, the final results will be published at an international conference in Berlin.

The aim of the SocialWeb - SocialWork project is to pilot the training curriculum for social youth workers, to evaluate the effects on social work with vulnerable children and youths and advance the training concept with the support of the trainees.

Those interested in taking part in a training session, please contact the national partner.

For more information about the project, please click here: SocialWeb - SocialWork.

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