Nationwide action plan against bullying and cyberbullying in Portuguese schools
- Portuguese Safer Internet Centre
Concerned with the bullying and cyberbullying phenomena and their potential impact on children and young people's development, the Portuguese Ministry of Education set up a "Fighting and Preventing Bullying and Cyberbullying Plan" for schools to implement.
This National Plan, which is meant to be implemented by schools during the school year 2019-20, will be carried out in accordance to a pre-implemented needs diagnostic. It should encompass an action plan drawn up according to awareness raising strategies and activities. Furthermore, it should help identify warning signs, provide the proper support to schools for the adoption of different prevention and intervention approaches, and be in such a way that it will favour encouraging, acknowledging and disseminating best practices.
The Ministry of Education has been committed to fostering specific initiatives to support the educational community in order to reduce to a minimum the phenomena of violence within the school context, especially regarding bullying and cyberbullying. Aiming to achieve this overall goal, several actions have been initiated, namely as far as the training and enabling the teaching and non-teaching staff. In addition, several initiatives have been promoted and carried out and teaching and learning materials have been produced, with the dedicated help of the General-Directorate for Education teams. The initiatives carried out by the SeguraNet Awareness Centre of the Portuguese Safer Internet Centre (SIC) and the Education for Health Team are good examples of that action.
In order to implement this Action Plan, schools are requested to set up a group of people with known experience and visible work performed in the field of health promotion and violence prevention. The work implemented within the schools by this selected group of people may eventually result in a public acknowledgement of this group as "Ambassadors of a Bullying-free School/Violence-free School" via a certificate awarded for the work they have carried out.
Learn more about this initiative at: www.sembullyingsemviolencia.edu.gov.pt
Find out more information about the work of the Portuguese Safer Internet Centre (SIC) generally, including its awareness raising, helpline, hotline and youth participation services on the Better Internet for Kids (BIK) portal, or find similar information for Safer Internet Centres throughout Europe.
- Portuguese Safer Internet Centre
The Portuguese Safer Internet Centre (SIC) commemorated Safer Internet Day (SID) 2019 by promoting a series of activities and resources. The planning started early to organise an event called "Online for human rights" which encountered a wide audience, both among the general public and among policymakers who have an influence on the internet governance sphere in the country. As Thorbjorn Jagland, the Secretary General for the Council of Europe put it, "hate speech has become one of the most common forms of intolerance and xenophobia in Europe today (…) When the unacceptable starts to be accepted, becomes "the norm", there is a true threat to human rights".
- João Pedro Martins, BIK Youth Ambassador
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