Gezinsbond - Flemish League of Families

Gezinsbond - Flemish League of Families

The Gezinsbond has set up a programme consisting of tools and trainings directed at parents aimed to develop their skills in understanding and responding to the risks of online activities their children get involved in:

  • Website veiligonline.be (safety online) with accessible information on the topic; 
  • Training on 'safety online';
  • Specific training 'Safety Online' dedicated to disadvantaged families;
  • Training on Cyberbullying;
  • Workshop on Gaming;
  • Advertising literacy.

These trainings are developed by the Gezinsbond in collaboration with partners (such as Child Focus and Belgian universities), schools and local organizations to reach a broad public. These trainings, available since 2008, are now being updated to include more flexible and interactive modules. We pledge to undertake 120 training sessions by the end of 2017 for at least 3,000 people. By doing do, we will provide parents with the right knowledge and skills to assist and advise their children in their online activities.

Last update: 29/05/2017
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Pledge Category

Digital skills for all citizens

Pledge's geographical scope

Time period

Start date: 01/01/2017
End date: 31/12/2017

Other Pledge details

Local/National scope: National
Public Funding: YES
From the Flemish Ministry of Education and from the National Lottery (to reach the disadvantaged families).

Gezinsbond - Flemish League of Families

The Flemish Family Association, or Gezinsbond, strives to make our society a family- and child-friendly place. As parents, we do everything to make sure our children can grow up in a warm and caring environment. So we think our society as a whole should do this too. That’s why we defend the interests of all families with politicians and policy makers.

Qualitative Impact

These trainings and tools will result in:
• Parents are more aware of the risks of online activities and are able to better detect and avoid these risks;
• Parents are capable to understand the digital world their children are involved in and get tips & tricks how to deal with it, to stay involved (open dialogue) without over-controlling;
• Parents are better skilled in teaching their children how to be safe online and be aware of the risks of fraud, cyberbullying or advertising;
• Parents know how to have a constructive dialogue with their kids on these items. The trainings approach the topics in a balanced way, looking at the risks as well as at the opportunities these online activities can bring (develop their digital skills, social contact, entertainment, learning etc.);
• Disadvantaged families are reached by working with local organizations and schools and by making the sessions affordable/accessible.

The qualitative impact will be measured by researchers from cooperating universities by conducting interviews with participants before and two weeks after the training (in June 2017).

Quantitative Impact

Indicator Description Target Status
People trained face to face/parents 120 trainings per year reaching on average 25 parents per training 3,000 2500
Other (website visits) Unique visitors to the website 'veilig online' 50,000 NA

Pledge progress

Evidence about progress

- 96 trainings already given since 1/1/2017
- 26 participants per training : 2.496 participants in average/total already reached.
- new website online
- new modules created and ready for launch from september 2017. train-the-trainer sessions planned on 9/9/2017. already 15 demands for trainingsessions registered, more will follow after the event on 1/6/2017. these training will be free of charge for disadvantaged group and special schools (children with disability)
- seminar on 1/6/2017 with presentations of research results, new modules, and workshops. the Flemish Vice President and Minister of Education will open the seminar. already + 100 persons registered for this seminar.
- next year 2018 we will have a new training 'online with grandchildren' aimed at grandparents, the train-the-trainer sessions will happen on the 15th of november.

Milestones

Milestone name Completion date Status
new modules and updated website created and piloted with the focus groups 31/05/2017 Completed
Launch of new modules and website 01/06/2017 Completed
Update of additional trainings (cyberbullying, gaming and advertising) 31/12/2017 On Track
Organisation of a seminar to present the project and the new training modules to professionals (from education, social organizations, research institutes, …) 31/12/2017 On Track