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The project “Desconectando: proyecto para la prevención de las ciberviolencias de género” is a proposal of the Department of Equality of the Town Council of Valsequillo which has been subsidised by the Department of Equality, Diversity and Transparency of the Cabildo de Gran Canaria in the 2022 call for proposals and will be developed by the association Opciónate, which will implement the training workshops in the five public schools of the municipality and in the first year of ESO of the IES.
A website will also be created with the materials produced and an informative leaflet will be created for distribution among the population.
The Valsequillo Town Council is tackling male chauvinist cyber-violence in the educational environment with a project that began today at CEIP Los Llanetes. This is one of the twelve sessions aimed at students, teachers and families of the five schools and the IES of the municipality that will be developed in the framework of this project in which the councillor for Equality of the local institution, Leticia Ortega, has been present. The project also includes the creation of a website that will house the materials produced and the creation of an informative leaflet for distribution among the population. The initiative, promoted by the Department of Equality of the Valsequillo Town Council and whose development has been entrusted to the Opciónate Association, bears the enlightening name of ‘Desconectando: proyecto para la prevención de las ciberviolencias de género’ (Disconnecting: project for the prevention of gender-based cyber-violence). A project which, as the councillor, Leticia Ortega, said, “has the fundamental objective of developing actions and strategies to help prevent, identify and act specifically in the face of this type of situation and, at the same time, promote good practices in the use of social networks”. In addition, Valsequillo joins with this project the campaign ‘Cyberpassport for equality’ to eliminate discrimination against women and girls in the online environment and promote good practices, coexistence and positive relationships. The materials and proposals developed by the Valsequillo pupils that crystallise within the initiative will be available on a specific website linked to the campaign page https://opcionate.com/es/ciberpasaporte-por-la-igualdad/ at the end of the project in November. The training sessions, also defined by their participatory and experiential nature, will be held throughout October and November and their contents have been structured according to the different target audiences of the campaign. Thus, the sessions with the students of the Infant and Primary Education Centres (CEIP) and First year of ESO will address the uses of the Internet, the duality between physical and digital identity, the opportunities and threats of Relationship, Information and Communication Technologies (TRICs), sexism and cyber-violence in the digital world, assertiveness in the online environment or the case of video games. The ultimate goal is prevention, detection and action against this scourge and the promotion of good individual, collective and institutional practices. For their part, knowledge of the main types of cyber-violence and macho cyber-violence and malpractice in the digital world, as well as the promotion of equal treatment between women and men with a gender perspective in the classroom and also of assertive and caring behaviour and good treatment in class and on the networks, will be the focus of the meetings with teachers, together with clarification of their role in detection and prevention with tools that include existing guides and resources. As for mothers, fathers and tutors, special emphasis will be placed on typologies, the prevention of cyber-violence, the promotion of equal treatment at home and on social networks, the importance of accompaniment, supervision and guidance beyond parental control of devices, and good practices and recommendations for the mediation of families in the main networks, such as Tiktok, Roblox or Whatsapp, among others. With this proposal, Valsequillo Town Council, through the Department of Equality, continues to work on prevention in the school and family sphere so that a clear awareness of the opportunities and risks of social networks and the importance of turning them into spaces of freedom, dialogue, equality and respect can germinate.