Raising awareness of cyberbullying among young people with intellectual disabilities

BEE SECURE, in the framework of the Luxembourgish Safer Internet Centre, has published new educational material on cyberbullying for young people aged 12 and over with intellectual disabilities.

Date 2021-09-30 Author Luxembourgish Safer Internet Centre Section awareness Topic cyberbullying Audience media specialist, organisations and industry, parents and carers, teachers, educators and professionals

Cyberbullying is an ongoing problem when it comes to the safety of young people using the internet, and is therefore addressed in BEE SECURE training sessions, parents’ evenings and a host of educational material. Additionally, a special guide for children, young people and their educators offers the most important information on how to get help as a victim of cyberbullying and how to report it to the police if necessary.

These offers on the topic of cyberbullying have now been extended with the publication of a new educational kit, with materials suitable for young people from the age of 12 who have intellectual disabilities. It is aimed at caregivers and other professionals who work with this target group and want to raise awareness of the topic.

The kit comprises three parts:

  • Part 1 includes an overview of cyberbullying and the different possible courses of action to take in the event of an incident. It uses illustrations and an explanatory video to convey the messages the video is available on YouTube in Luxembourgish and French. A BEE SECURE trainer can be booked on request to deliver this first part and give support for this unit.
  • The two following units (parts 2 and 3) serve to review the content (from part 1) by the trainer, and are presented in a playful way.

The cyberbullying kit is currently only available in German at www.bee-secure.lu/cyber-mobbing-kit.

This resource is the result of the intensive collaboration between APEMH, klaro (an APEMH service), Ligue HMC, CONEX and BEE SECURE. Special thanks go to all those people – with and without intellectual disabilities – who contributed to producing the material, whether by creating the illustrations, checking the rules for plain language, giving regular feedback, or testing the material.

Find out more about the work of the Luxembourgish Safer Internet Centre, including its awareness raising, helpline, hotline and youth participation services – or find similar information for Safer Internet Centres throughout Europe.

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