Child Focus and Molengeek give CyberSquad an update

CyberSquad is an online meeting place for and by young people. About 1,000 young people visit the platform every month for questions and issues around online safety, such as online sexuality and relationships, grooming, non-consensual sexting, sextortion or cyberbullying. No subject is taboo. Young people can share their personal experiences and ask advice from other young people, or help other young people themselves. In case of need, they can also chat directly with a professional counsellor from Child Focus. Two years after the launch of the platform, the organisation wants to make the site more widely known to all young people between 12 and 17. 

Date 2023-09-19 Author Belgian Safer Internet Centre Section awareness Topic love, relationships, sexuality (online), media literacy/education Audience children and young people, organisations and industry
Young faces smiling behind a Cyber Squad title

Makeover of the platform 

The CyberSquad platform already received an initial update but will now get a thorough makeover to look more like a social media platform with posts from young people, views, likes and comments. The intention is to make the platform more appealing to young users. 

Molengeek, partner of this platform, is bringing young people together around the project as part of their training and is not only taking care of the design and development of the platform, but also of the content and development of a communication campaign via social media.  

Presence at events 

Child Focus wants to make CyberSquad better known to all young people between 12 and 17 years old. The organisation will attend numerous events this summer to promote the platform. For example, the organisation will be present at T-Day, Deep in the woods and LaSemo with an interactive booth where young people will work in groups to feel what CyberSquad is all about: supporting and helping each other. 

Find out more about the work and initiatives of the Belgian Safer Internet Centre or find similar information for Safer Internet Centres throughout Europe.   

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