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“Prevention of cyberbullying and peer violence among youth” (CpVprevY)

As associated partners in the project “Prevention of cyberbullying and peer violence among youth” (CpVprevY), we contributed during the consultation process for the production of the three intellectual outputs of the project:

The project is funded by* the JUGEND für Europa, the German National Agency for the Erasmus+ Youth programme, under the Erasmus+ Programme KA220-YOU Cooperation partnerships in youth.

The coordinating project partners are:

Project duration: 01/12/2021 – 31/08/2023


Peer bullying / violence and Cyberbullying are happening daily in our communities, unfortunately. Exposure to severe (cyber)bullying can affect not just how young people feel but also how they behave. The behavioural consequences of bullying others and being bullied include aggression, misbehaviour, irresponsible risk-taking, and the use of illegal substances. Bullied students are also more likely to develop negative expectations about the future.

ICT-aided solutions are playing an ever-greater role in the forms of establishing and maintaining communication, replacing interpersonal communication. However, although the medium is different, there is always a person behind the digital tools, and this is why the tasks of youth work extend into virtual space. Even if youngsters show a big confidence in using online tools they are still not educated in using these tools with full awareness.

Besides dealing with bullying face-to-face, there is clearly also a role for online youth work practice, in terms of supporting digital literacy and enabling young people to deal with some of the associated risks in an online setting, like cyberbullying. The practice implications for youth workers lie in new competencies required and new forms of boundary maintenance in relationships with young people.

Youth workers are in a unique position to promote healthy relationships among teenagers, intervene in instances of bullying and, with parents, help bullies and their victims learn how to re-build healthy relationships with their peers. Protecting children from abuse is the responsibility of all the adults in their lives, primarily parents and teachers. However, with youngsters visiting youth centres and youth clubs regularly, youth workers become also ones of those who have that responsibility for prevention of peer violence and (cyber)bullying among youngsters. Youth workers can reduce aggression and victimisation by creating a climate of support and empathy in and outside of the youth centres.

With this project, we have been answering to the needs defined by institutions, as well as the needs of our own youth workers and youngsters. We are promoting prevention of peer violence and (cyber)bullying among youth, empowerment of youth peer leaders to deal with the topic and the quality empowerment of our youth workers to be able to organise quality education of youth peer leaders, as well as active youth work for prevention of (cyber)bullying among youth.

This project aimed to support youth workers in developing and sharing effective methods in reaching out to marginalised young people in preventing racism & intolerance among youth, and in addressing the risks and implications of digitalisation.

Therefore, the objectives of the project were:

Project activities were:

*Funded by the European Union. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or the European Education and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA). Neither the European Union nor EACEA can be held responsible for them.

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