The Digital Trust Foundation identified a need for more exploration of what works and doesn’t work for prevention of digital abuse. We funded a project to implement and evaluate a digital abuse toolkit for youth.
All project summaries were written by grantees.
Grantee: National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC)
Project: NetSmartz Workshop Student Project Kit
The NetSmartz Student Project Kit empowers middle and high school students to educate their peers and younger students about online safety and digital citizenship issues. While students prepare to use the kit’s resources, they also have the opportunity to review and relearn important online safety concepts. The kit puts students in the driver’s seat and allows them to engage with their peers as the Internet safety “experts.” The forms of digital abuse addressed by the Student Project Kit are: cyberbullying, digital ethics, digital literacy, inappropriate content, online privacy, sexting, and unwanted sexual requests. The goals of this project are to increase implementation of the Student Project Kit by educators and youth-serving professionals, and to evaluate its effectiveness. In order to meet these goals, NetSmartz will translate the kit into Spanish to reach diverse audiences, help facilitate implementation of the kit through outreach and marketing initiatives, track kit usage and user feedback, and evaluate the efficacy of the kit by testing it with students in middle and high schools.