Safe Internet For All

5 Participating countries:
Start: 01-09-2014 - End: 31-08-2016
Project Reference: 2014-1-EL01-KA201-001294
EC Grant: 135.980 EUR

Programme: Erasmus+
Key Action: Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices
Action Type: Strategic Partnerships for school education

Summary

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) has become very useful for everyday activity, communication, commerce, entertainment, etc. Especially the Internet has a tremendous potential and a lot to offer in terms of services. It is an evolving medium that continuously presents new functionalities, such as web 2.0 that can even be effectively used in learning.

However, like other innovations, it has its own disadvantages so it is important that students learn how to use it properly. Iit is essential for the school community to develop the right attitude towards the internet and ICT. Most students (even some teachers) are completely unaware of dangers, safety risks, security matters, health matters and matters of ethics that are related to the use of the Internet. It is important that all students receive e-safety education at school. Teachers also need further training in order to ensure they have the knowledge and confidence to deliver e-safety education and respond to any safety issues.

SIFA focused on making the school community aware of the dangers and risks of the Internet, on informing, educating and preparing students and teachers in ways to cope with these. We believe that through SIFA activities we have raised awareness and delivered safety messages to students and their parents, helped our schools develop an e-safety policy and support the development of functional and critical digital literacy and internet safety skills. SIFA was a strategic partnership among schools which explored and studied contact and content risks of ICT mostly Internet tools concerning our students. The participating schools were: the 2nd Lyceum of Kos (Greece – coordinator), Fridagymnasiet (Sweden), HAK Ybbs (Austria), Liceum Ogolnoksztalcace im. Piotra Skargi (Poland) and Os vidaregåande skule (Norway) and teachers and students from these schools concentrated on aspects concerning the safe use of ICT and Internet. Five different exchanges were held in each country, each dealing with a different dimension of the matter, i.e:
1st: (Austria) Internet addictions (excessive use of social networks, gaming etc).
2nd: (Norway) matters concerning health (social isolation, depression, etc).
3rd: (Sweden) security (viruses, malware, spam, phishing, etc).
4th: (Greece) matters of ethics (copyright, plagiarism,etc).
5th: (Poland) safety (cyberbullying, grooming, etc).

Before each meeting there was an appropriate preparation, concerning presentations, collection of stats and data, relevant research results, etc.
During each meeting all groups participated in activities relevant to the specific theme of the meeting, as described above. Follow up activities took place, such as courses organized by students, presentations, dissemination and evaluation activities.
We believe that SIFA did help students and teachers to:
Recognize online risks
Protect personal information and reputation
Learn where/how to get help
Demonstrate/advocate for ethical and legal behaviors
Learn about plagiarism
Respect copyright
Make ethical and legal decisions
After the meetings, through specific activities during which student acted as teachers for their peers, student engagement increased and an authentic sense of urgency around their education was fostered. Opportunities for students to explore teaching and learning in a new and remixed way were created. Students had plenty of opportunities to publicly share their own understanding, thus fostering authentic dialogue about what they learned. These processes were enhanced through reflection. The project also promoted the professional development of teachers concentrating on the strategic use of ICT. For this purpose we created a Learning Community among teachers, using web 2.0. Among other SIFA promoted take-up of innovative practices in education, collaborative learning and critical thinking, open and flexible learning, virtual mobility and other innovative learning methods.
Additionally 3 transnational teacher meetings were held (one in the beginning, one in the middle and one in the end) that helped organize and manage the learning activities and evaluate the project. Evaluation was done after each meeting and during the transnational teacher meetings.
An important product of SIFA was the Research that was conducted in two ways. A more general research with a pre-test and a Post-test and a smaller scale research before and after each meeting. It served as an intellectual output that is beyond plagiarism and upgrades the quality of the results, but it also served as a tool for internal evaluation. The following research questions were dealt with (concerning 5 major problems/topics related to internet use):
1st: Do students know what every problem (topic) is about?
2nd: Have students experienced such problems?
3nd: Do students know how to handle these?
SIFA accomplished all its goals, had a great impact to the school community and society and will continue to do so through dissemination activities.

Results

Description

http://www.sifaplus.eu

The official website of the project.
Used for dissemination, making all other results known to all.
All other results are being added into the site, as separate artciles. Such as research results, activities, photos and video, articles, etc.
Languages supported:
English, Greek, German, Polish.
Hits and activity monitored by Google analytics.


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Research was conducted during the whole project duration. Research was done in two ways. More general research with a pre-test (Nov 2014) and a Post-test (June 2016) and a smaller scale research before and after each short term meeting (Austria, Norway, etc.).
Research serves as an intellectual output that is beyond plagiarism and upgrades the quality of the results, but it also serves as a tool for internal evaluation. We have defined the following research questions concerning 5 major problems/topics related to internet use (addiction, health, security, ethics, safety):
1st research question: Do students know what every problem (topic) is about? We will also check for awareness.
2nd research question: Have students experienced problem (the topic is about)?
3nd research question: Do students know what to do if they (or their friends) experience this?

Results at the main page of the SIFA site: http://www.sifaplus.eu/en/


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Each school had to create a policy concerning eSafety.
This was done by having all schools participate at the eSafety Label (http://www.esafetylabel.eu/) community and gradually obtaining the appropriate labels, by improving their practices and policy.
All schools obtained the bronze label and especially the coordinator 2nd Lyceum of Kos obtained the silver in 2015 and the golden label in 2016.

http://2lyk-ko.dod.sch.gr/portal/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=501:2014-02-08-10-54-14&catid=84:sifa&Itemid=118


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During the meeting in Austria, matters of addiction related to Internet and new media were dealt with. Workshops concentrated on
1: excessive surfing
2: online gaming
3: online gambling
4: social media
As a final product, an appealing folder for use in schools was created. This folder summarized the findings of the workshop groups (http://www.sifaplus.eu/de/sucht/ergebnisse/item/241-folder-how-to-become-addicted-in-seven-days)


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During the meeting in Norway, matters of Health problems related to excessive Internet use;
1. Physical problems (headache, back problems, eyes problems etc.)
2. Mental issues (isolation, depression, concentration etc.)
3. Sleeping problems
4. Eating and exercising issues
The program is shown in this link: http://www.sifaplus.eu/en/item/10-2nd-short-term-exchanges-of-groups-of-pupils
More details are shown in the extra file.

The following products were produced during the meeting:
Videos made by each of the four groups of students
Sleeping disorder:
http://www.sifaplus.eu/en/health/results/item/225-sleeping-disorder
Depression/social isolation:
http://www.sifaplus.eu/en/health/results/item/222-movie-from-group-number-3
Eating and exercising issues:
http://www.sifaplus.eu/en/health/results/item/221-movie-on-internet-addiction
Physical problems:
http://www.sifaplus.eu/en/health/results/item/137-sifa-physical-problems


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Product from meeting and activities in Sweden about Security.
During the meeting in Sweden, matters concerning security related to Internet and new media were dealt with. The students' work on internet security was divided into four sub categories. Security for:
Government and Institutions
Banks and Payments
Companies
Private persons

As a final product, fact sheets for use in schools was created. These fact sheets summarized the findings of the workshop groups
( http://www.sifaplus.eu/en/security/results/item/372-sweden-meeting-student-results-on-internet-security )


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During the meeting in Greece, matters of Ethics related to internet use were mostly dealt with, such as plagiarism, copyrights, rights and responsibilities, ways of acting, etc.
The program is shown in this link: http://www.sifaplus.eu/en/item/13-4th-short-term-exchanges-of-groups-of-pupils
More details are shown in the extra file.
The following products were produced during the meeting:
Final product for meeting in Greece (kahoot game)
http://www.sifaplus.eu/en/ethics/results/item/332-final-product-about-ethics-kahoot-game
Final product for meeting in Greece (apps inventor quiz/game)
http://www.sifaplus.eu/en/ethics/results/item/333-final-product-about-ethics-apps-inventor-quiz
Creation of video about the meeting http://www.sifaplus.eu/en/ethics/gallery/item/339-video-about-safe-internet-for-all-meeting-in-greece-about-ethics
Creation of video about the meeting http://www.sifaplus.eu/en/ethics/gallery/item/340-video-about-safe-internet-for-all-meeting-in-greece-about-ethics-2nd


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Product from meeting and activities in Poland about Safety.
During the meeting the following matters connected with safety on the Internet were dealt with: cyberbullying, cyberstalking, sexting, grooming, offensive content, online predation, violence on the Internet, pro-ana movement. The participants took part in lectures and workshops run by specialists in the fields. The products of the meeting were the websites (weebly.com) on each of the above topics:

SEXTING: http://sextingsifa.weebly.com
CYBERBULLYING AND CYBERSTALKING: http://sifacyberbullying.weebly.com
GROOMING: http://groomingandpredators.weebly.com/
OFFENSIVE CONTENT: http://offensivecontent.weebly.com


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TwinSpace concerning SIFA
eTwinning is the Community for schools in Europe where teachers from all participating countries can register and use the eTwinning online tools. For this specific ERASMUS+ project we used eTwinning and Twinspace tools for an initial communication and for dissemination purposes. We presented Safe Internet For All – SIFA ERASMUS+, aims, activities, meetings, results etc. In addition in the follow links media and material of the project can be found.
https://live.etwinning.net/projects/project/108664
https://twinspace.etwinning.net/2459/home


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Description

saferinternet is a very useful and known site, providing information, guidance, advice etc. to students, teachers and parents, about a safer use of the internet.
It is related to European Commission’s Safer Internet (ECSI) Programme that was launched in 1999 and aims at promoting the safer use of the Internet and new online technologies, particularly for children. Main objectives of the Programme are: Fighting against illegal content, Tackling unwanted and harmful content, Promoting a safer environment, Raising awareness.
Also,the (ECSI) plus Programme (2005-2008) covers all new online technologies including mobile and broadband content, online games, peer-to-peer file transfer, all forms of real-time communication and the new programme for 2009-2013 has been extended to include emerging technologies and cover harmful conduct, like grooming and cyberbullying.
During SIFA, we contributed in translating in Greek 3 decision trees about Bullying, Contacts and Posting on the internet.


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The events mentioned below took place with a view to disseminating the results of the project. Tasks and products were disseminated among students and teachers, also those who were not directly involved in the project, e.g. parents, other schools, local community, nonprofit organizations related to teenagers and addictions, organizations all over the country. The resources used were school meetings, presentations within each school partner, posters, graphs and figures, statistics, website of the project, links in school websites, dissemination days for parents, teachers, media, press and local television and innovative means of dissemination, such as the SIFA website and etwinning twinspace created for and especially devoted to the project updated continuously and including information about the activities, guidelines, presentations, articles from students, research results, publications available in downloads. The project has also been disseminated as an example of good practice.


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Workshops, lesson plans, results
Each partner school has carried out a number of activities to motivate students so that the desired outcome was achieved. During each short-term meeting there were organised workshops to create products referring to the meeting topic. The participants tried to come up with diverse products, e.g. leaflets, movies, multimedia presentations, applications, websites. During the workshops students worked in international groups. The objectives were met. To create a product, students had attended a number of lectures given by specialists in each field. The lectures were given by professors and IT specialists not only at schools but also in prestigious universities and companies. Students also attended lessons at schools. Consequently, the whole school community was actively involved in lessons, presentations and competitions. The workshops were also run by students after each short-term meeting.


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Special SIFA days in schools
Each school has held special Sifa Days throughout the whole project. During the days, different events took place, e.g. presentations, workshops, interviews and discussions. To make the days more valuable, specialists in IT were invited to give lectures or run workshops. The Sifa Days were celebrated by the whole school community. However, the way the events were organised, depended on each school separately. The information about such special days was advertised by means of leaflets, brochures and announcements. Later, the information and photos were published on the SIFA site and in the local media.


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Coordinator

2nd Lyceum of Kos

Ethnikis Antistaseos, 85300
Kos
Νότιο Αιγαίο (Notio Aigaio)
EL

Organisation type: School/Institute/Educational centre – General education (secondary level)
Georgios Errikos Chlapanis
hlapanis@gmail.com

Partners

Liceum Ogolnoksztalcace im. Piotra Skargi
Grojec
Mazowieckie
Organisation type: School/Institute/Educational centre – General education (secondary level)
Os vidaraegåande skule
Os
Hordaland
Organisation type: School/Institute/Educational centre – Vocational Training (secondary level)
Fridagymnasiet
Vänersborg
Västra Götalands län
Organisation type: Other
HAK Ybbs
Ybbs
Niederösterreich
Organisation type: Other

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