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Bullying has no place on the internet. Celebrate Safer Internet Day!

Safer Internet Day is celebrated on 11th February in many countries. Safer Internet Day (SID) is organized by “Insafe” and occurs every February. Its aim is to promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially amongst children and young people across the world.

The theme for this year’s Safer Internet Day is “Let’s create a better internet together” in recognition that young people, parents, teachers, policymakers and stakeholders all have an important role to play.

Given that young people are Europe’s most active users of the Internet, efforts to tackle bullying and particularly online bullying play a crucial role in ensuring a safe online environment for the younger generation. Sadly, cyber-bullying has become a daily reality for many children and young people in Europe causing terrible consequences that may scar both the victims and the bullies.

The increased occurrence of the phenomenon illustrate that a coordinated response to bullying is needed at European level. To this end, 17 organizations from 12 EU Member States in the framework of a project, funded by the European Commission’s Daphne III Programme, are working towards the establishment of a European Anti-bullying Network (EAN) that will contribute to the coordination of anti-bullying actions and developing a common strategy against the problem at EU-level.

As part of EAN project, the Europe-wide campaign “One Day in Europe, every Day for children” is calling on civil society organizations and citizens to visit www.antibullying.eu, sign the online petition and support the establishment of a specific European Anti-bullying Day.

As final products of the project, a Good Practice Guide will incorporate a selection of good practices within member states and at European level upon which an interactive application for Smart Phones will be developed in order to raise awareness and provide children, young people, teachers and parents amongst others with useful tools and resources. In addition, a documentary in 6 European languages will raise awareness by exploring the phenomenon and the actors involved, while a draft of recommendations on a common European strategy will be presented upon the completion of EAN in June 2014.

Costas Yannopoulos, Chairman of “The Smile of the Child” organization said: “Ensuring a safe internet environment especially for children and young people should be a matter of concern for all of us. Providing useful information and raising awareness among the public is the right way in order to protect children against the risks of the negative use of technology”.

EAN is calling on European citizens and organizations to join its anti-bullying activities and support its efforts towards creating a better reality for millions of children and young people across Europe.

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The Petition - Sign the Petition to establish a European Antibullying Day

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One day for Europe, Everyday for children

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The EAN project enters the final few months before the inaugural conference of the European Anti-bullying Network in Athens, Greece.

17 major organizations in the field of bullying from 12 EU Member States gathered between January 21-23 in Stuttgart, Germany to attend the last meeting of the project “European Anti-bullying Network” before the establishment of the first European Network against bullying that will be announced in a celebratory event in June 2014 under the auspices of the Greek Presidency of the European Union.
 
Upon the inauguration of the Network more EU Member States will be represented by the active participation from actors that form part of the everyday struggle against the phenomenon. The aim of the European Anti-bullying Network will be to contribute to the coordination of anti-bullying actions and developing a common strategy against the problem at European level.

During this meeting, participants had the opportunity to discuss the new European good practice guide that incorporates examples of good practices in bullying within member states and at European level and a draft of recommendations aiming at the development of a common European strategy against the phenomenon. As part of this project both these products will be finalized and presented upon EAN completion in June 2014. In addition, an interactive Smart Phone application will be created with the aim to provide online access to good practices, and there will also be a documentary that will be developed in 6 EU languages in order to raise awareness on bullying and provide a scientific analysis of the phenomenon.

As part of the EAN project, a Europe-wide campaign has been launched in an effort to raise awareness of the phenomenon among the European public. Participants were presented with the full campaign pack and discussed communication activities to be undertaken as partners make a concerted effort to galvanise support against bullying across the EU. More specifically, One Day in Europe, every day for children campaign is about calling for one official European Anti-bullying Day as the phenomenon is meeting no borders and requires pan-European attention and coordinated actions.  

This initiative seizes upon the unique momentum created one year ago with the adoption of a Written Declaration by the European Parliament calling on the Commission to support the establishment of a European Anti-bullying Day and Member States to take appropriate measures to protect children.

EAN project campaigns for a distinct European Anti-bullying Day that will contribute to:

•    raising awareness of the problem of bullying among the general public;
•    promoting the need for targeted action and the establishment of a common strategy against bullying at European level;
•    mobilizing the civil society and public authorities active in the field of bullying;
•    bringing together all relevant actors and contributing to the exchange of good practices and development of concrete anti-bullying actions and initiatives;

Across Europe hundreds of thousands of children and young people are experiencing bullying every day. Concerted actions and political influence will transform their everyday lives. Towards reaching this goal “European Anti-bullying Network” project is calling citizens and civil society organizations to visit www.antibullying.eu, sign up to the online petition and show support for our anti-bullying initiative. Partner organizations will meet again in June on the occasion of EAN inaugural conference in Athens where the official establishment of the Network will be announced.

EAN project is funded under the Daphne III Programme of the European Commission. The Greek NGO “The Smile of the Child” is coordinator of the project and works with 16 partner organizations from 12 countries.

For more information about the European Anti Bullying Network project please visit http://www.antibullying.eu

 

 

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ALCE project presents a cultural day of cooking, tasting, dancing, entertainment

flyer for the ALCE project cultural event on 23rd Nov

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ALCE project - Cultural day of cooking, tasting, dancing, entertainment

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