With the support of cyberactivists and the Cabildo de Gran Canaria Citizen Participation Unit, Opciónate has launched the “Cyberpassport for a better world” campaign, aimed at promoting a responsible use of social media by young people.
Completing an online questionnaire, agreed upon in advance by all participants, gives users the possibility of downloading a logo which can be uploaded to the user profile on social media platforms. This project has been created to raise awareness of the importance of active and responsible citizenship when using social media networks and build safe spaces where all users are able to coexist. It was put together by more than forty participants, including students and teachers from José Zerpa de Vecindario, Cipriano Acosta de Bañaderos and Francisco Hernández Monzón secondary education schools.
In a context where young people live and interact through social media to a great extent, it is necessary to raise awareness of how these contacts are established and what behaviours go beyond the bounds of individual rights and freedoms.
The young need to be educated on and protected from cybercrime. They are exposed to harassment, unauthorized use of personal images, hate speech, mockery…on a daily basis, and a great number of them feel unprotected.
The Cabildo de Gran Canaria and its Citizen Participation Unit have supported this project in a commitment to a more democratic, more conscious and more respectful cyber citizenship.
E-passport, Cabildo de Gran Canaria, E-Citizenship, Education, Social Networks, Youth