“Be.Safe” – online safety for people with intellectual disabilities
Searching for information, reading the news, using social media to stay in touch with friends: More and more people with intellectual disabilities surf the internet and enjoy being included online. Most of the time, they do so without any incidents. There is however the risk for people using the Internet to become victims of cybercrime.
The project “Be.Safe”, financed by the Erasmus+ Adult Education Programme, aims to address this risk: The initiative, launched by a number of European partners including Inclusion Europe, will develop curricula for training courses
- for teachers in adult education: to enable them to mainstream information about cyber violence into their educational programmes and
- for persons with intellectual disability: to empower them to stay safe online.
Two 5-day courses will be conducted – one in Portugal, one in Poland.
Additionally, a digital guide for police will be created that can help with communication with a person with an intellectual disability, for example if he or she wants to press charges.
The project will be carried out by a partnership lead by Inclusion Europe’s member PSONI (Poland). Other partners include Inclusion Europe’s member Inclusion Czech Republic, the Polytechnic Institute of Santarém (Portugal) and the Regional Centre for Persons with Intellectual Disability PORAKA NASA (Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia).
As a first step, the project partners will collect case studies gathering real-life examples of situations in which persons with intellectual disabilities became victims of cyber violence. These will be the basis for the development of the curricula and training materials.
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Lots of people with intellectual disabilities
like to use the internet.
The internet is good for looking for information,
reading about the news, and using websites
like Facebook to stay in touch with friends.
Most of the time it is very safe to use the internet
and people do not have a problem.
Sometimes people can be victims of crime when they use the internet.
We call this cybercrime.
An example of cybercrime is when someone on the internet
pretends to be someone they are not.
They then might try to get money from people.
To help stop cybercrime
against people with intellectual disabilities
there is a project called Be Safe.
Be Safe is being paid for by the European Commission.
Inclusion Europe is part of the project.
Inclusion Europe and the other project partners
will help make training courses.
These training courses are for teachers in adult education
and also for people with intellectual disabilities.
The training courses for the teachers in adult education will help them
to be able to include information about cybercrime
into their programmes.
The training courses for the people with intellectual disabilities
will help to empower them and help them to stay safe
when they are using the internet.
There will be 2 five-day courses.
One course will be held in Portugal.
The other course will be held in Poland.
Also the project will make an online guide for police.
The guide will help police to talk to people with intellectual disabilities
who come to them because of a cybercrime.
The Be Safe project is being led
PSONI is Inclusion Europe’s member from Poland.
Another project partner is Inclusion Europe’s member
Inclusion Czech Republic.
Other project partners are the
Polytechnic Institute of Santarém and PORAKA NASA.
The Polytechnic Institute of Santarém is a university in Portugal.
PORAKA NASA is the regional centre for persons
with intellectual disabilities in the Former Yugoslav Republic
As the first step of the project the partners will get more information
about people with intellectual disabilities
who have been victims of cybercrime.
The partners will then use the information
to help make the training courses.