5.2 Public space online (Expert content)

Taking Control, Making a Difference Sessions 5.2 Public space online (Expert content)

Case Study

Who: In Georgia, young individuals are undergoing comprehensive training to become digital citizenship ambassadors, as part of a collaborative effort between WACC and Helping Hand. These ambassadors are being equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge to promote digital safety and responsibility among their peers and communities.

What: The project, initiated on September 18, 2023, seeks to address the pressing need for internet regulation and the growing risks of cyberbullying, online harassment, and misinformation in Georgia. By training youth as digital citizenship ambassadors, the project aims to create a safer and more secure digital environment for all residents.

Where: Implemented in 25 schools across Georgia, the project targets areas where internet regulation is lacking and where young people are particularly vulnerable to online risks. By reaching out to schools, the project ensures that a diverse range of youth, including those from marginalized communities, have access to digital safety education.

When: Launched in September 2023, the project spans over a period of time, allowing for in-depth training and ongoing support for the digital citizenship ambassadors. By providing continuous education and resources, the project aims to create long-term impact and foster a culture of digital responsibility among Georgia’s youth.

Why: The project addresses the critical need for digital safety education in Georgia, where many young people lack awareness of how to navigate the digital world safely. By empowering youth as digital rights defenders and advocates, the project seeks to not only address immediate risks such as cyberbullying and online harassment but also promote responsible digital behavior and empower youth to become active participants in shaping a safer digital future for their communities.