More than 360 students between 15 and 16 years old have taken part in a program on safety in the network and Internet responsibility, implemented by specialists of the National Police, Google and Junior Achievement Foundation
“I want to be an ambassador because I have a younger sister and I would like to protect her by showing her everything she could find when she starts using the social networks.
This was said by one of the convinced pupils participating in the project “Ambassadors of Responsible Internet Use “at the end of the program. We spoke with her what she had learned with this experience and she quickly answered: “it is necessary to be careful with the Internet, because you never know what you can find ". This is, precisely, the aim of this initiative, to train the young students in the dangers that the network presents, the risks and the tools for a responsible use, besides stimulating them to take action developing their enterprising skills.
A pioneering project developed by the National Police, Google and Junior Achievement Foundation, which started last Wednesday, the 4th of May with more than 360 students that turned them into ambassadors of Responsible Internet Use.
“We have brought you here today to ask for your help ", commented the General Manager of the National Police, Ignacio Cosidó.” Cyber crime is growing year after year and you are going to be excellent collaborators to protect what worries us the most”. A call to action that Carmen González, Vice adviser of Education of the Community of Madrid said: "You have to put into practice everything that you are going to learn here today”. In addition, Francisco Ruiz Antón, The Director of Policies and Public Matters for Google, who wanted to emphasize the virtues and the dangers of the network: “the Internet and new technology allows you to do incredible things, but it is necessary to learn and be able to handle these new tools correctly”.
To turn into ambassadors and to qualify these young people to train other children and teenagers’ needs, besides big doses of leadership, enterprising capacities: “Our role in this project is to develop the skills of the enterprising world and to apply them into real life” confirmed Blanca Narváez, Director of Junior Achievement, Spain.
A program composed by a set of meetings on IT crimes, safety in the network, leadership and empathy, completed with a few dynamics in which the participants had to demonstrate and put into practice what they have learned. “We have made a role-play in which we had to identify different identities in the network that could be dangerous ", comments one of the students. A day in which they have received first-hand training, made practical workshops for them to think about what they have learned in order to turn into ambassadors and to lead this ambitious project that is trying to become extensive all over Spain.