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Title : Certified Safe Internet School Project

Location : CIS region

Date : 01 December 2011 to 30/6/2013

Schools are increasingly aware that their responsibility to ensure the welfare and protection of children in the context of the activities, services and spaces of their institutions must extend to cover the protection of children in online social interactions. Many now provide internet safety education for teachers and students. Through the CISS project, ECPAT aims to support targeted schools in building a uniform understanding of internet safety for children based on child rights principles (access to information and knowledge, protection form online risks) and to implement effective policies and transparent reporting systems within the school systems that protect children from harm. Through ECPAT’s 5-module CISS training, school management and administrators will increase their understanding of children’s behaviour online and the related risks, and will be provided with tools for the implementation of policies and procedures needed to protect children within their institutions. During the project implementation, schools will be supported by the project’s experts in the actual implementation of the modules and their results will finally be assessed with a certification process that awards their level of actual implementation and institutionalisation of the standard and procedures in the different modules. From July 2011 to January 2013, ECPAT International with the support from The Body Shop Norway, already implemented this project in 4 countries in collaboration with ECPAT member groups in the CIS region: Belarus, Moldova, Ukraine and Russia. This unique project allowed to engage the schools in the region to develop policies within the schools coupled with reporting mechanisms and education and awareness systems based on modules developed by ECPAT International to protect children from being victim of sexual exploitation whil they use Internet in their schools. The project aimed to equip the schools with standard tools and help develop relevant policies that could be used to enable the participation of children in the best possible manner respecting their rights to information and freedom of speech and at the same time allow proper mechanisms to be put in place to address online risks and vulnerabilities that might aris during their online activities. The project raised a lot of interest in the region and received support from government agencies (such as the ministry of education ) and private sector in some countries.

Title : Code of Conduct for the Cybercafes, Make IT Safe

Location : Africa, Asia,

Date : 01 June 2004 to 1/12/2011

Since 2004, ECPAT has promoted an initiative called ‘Make IT Safe’ – a campaign to raise awareness of issues associated with Internet safety. It calls on industry and governments to make their services and products safer for children. The campaign has resulted in a growing recognition that a wide range of stakeholders must work together to ensure that new technologies benefit societies without also being used as a tool to harm children and young people. We engage youth to develop innovative actions including promoting corporate social responsibility, promoting Internet safety through campaigns and contests, and working with media more effectively in highlighting issues about the risks of new technologies. While the work can be carried out in schools or communities, ECPAT has established a brand of the Make-IT-Safe campaign through its work with cybercafes in Africa. Thailand and the Philippines have also participated in the Make IT Safe campaign with encouraging businesses to sign codes of conduct.
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