– Principal of Arab school –
– Principal of Arab school –
"Online Safety" for Adolescent Girls
is an innovative program run by Women and their Bodies, with the support of the National Insurance Institute Fund for Development of Services for Children and Youth at Risk, and the Israel Internet Association.
The main purpose
is to minimize damage and risks and create a sense of online safety for Jewish and Arab girls, ages 12-18 , and foreducation/health professionals and parents..
An estimated 2.5 billion people interact online around the world. The “internet generation” refers to young people who grew up in a technology-based environment and are used to rapid information flow and data processing, with multi-tasking skills and expectations of immediate results. The internet and digital media at their fingertips invite endless opportunities, intriguing and enjoyable alongside the inherent risks. The internet provides young girls with opportunities to expand their reach in searching for information, learning and sharing, enables them to interact socially without meeting in person, and deal with stressful situations in new ways (for example anonymous questions). At the same time, the online world holds many risks and exposure to inappropriate content in areas related to health, body, and sexuality. Popular online content can lead to the development of negative body image, eating disorders, sexual abuse, and even connecting with sex offenders. In addition, they may be exposed to threatening content, exploitation, harassment, fraud, slander and even shaming and social exclusion without having to meet face-to-face.
Why does this program focus on adolescent girls?
What do we offer?
Our online safety program works with three target audiences separately or in parallel:
We recommend conducting a series of sessions with education and health professionals parallel to or before the sessions with the girls.
The program focuses on developing strengths and recognizing the online dangers and how to handle them, to help empower girls, develop strengths and clear boundaries, while encouraging a positive image of themselves and their bodies. The work is done through workshop sessions (in Hebrew or Arabic) with an experienced group facilitator and content adapted to each group. The workshop provides the girls, the professional teams and parents with reliable information, the opportunity to share and go through a process of change that will help minimize the potential damage to emotional, physical and sexual health and safety, and provide the professionals and parents with the tools to identify and minimize online risks.
Purpose of the program
Minimize future damage:
Young girls who have experienced difficulties, neglect and harm may develop and retain destructive behavior patterns.
mending girls’ relationship with their bodies, sexuality, and health: The workshops and groups go through a process with the girls, their relationship with their bodies, an in-depth process of re-acquaintance from a positive and accepting perspective.
and expand knowledge among girls, professional teams and parents and open a communication channel: The work in parallel with professional teams and parents enables removal of emotional barriers and a chance to process and grow. As we know, the way to awaken and promote change is not to lecture about the right way to do things but rather raise awareness and create a dialog through professional group work.