Veilig Online - Gezinsbond and Child Focus

Veilig Online - Gezinsbond and Child Focus

For several years, the Gezinsbond and Child Focus have been educating parents about the safe use of new media through a programme consisting of tools and trainings specifically developed for them. This programme’s offer, content and format have now been completely renewed and adapted to the needs of socially disadvantaged parents, on the basis of discussions carried out in five focus groups. A new methodology for the training courses was extensively tested in the focus groups and adapted, when needed, based on their feedback. The trainings are developed in collaboration with a number of partners (Belgian Universities, schools and local organisations) to raise the digital awareness of parents and to protect their children from harmful digital behavior. See:

In 2018, we pledge to offer this new digital training developed specifically to socially disadvantaged groups. We envisage to organise 200 trainings with the new interactive modules, 40 of which tailored to vulnerable parents. We estimate to train over 5,000 families and attract over 30,000 visitors to the website. Free-lance moderators (18 so far) are being specifically educated for this purpose. The trainings are going to be organised at local level in accessible settings (such as schools, libraries, community centers). Training will be offered for free to organisations working with vulnerable groups.By doing so, we strive to bridge the digital divide and empower (disadvantaged) parents to be part of a digitalized society, by enforcing their digital skills and thus those of their children.

Last update: 08/05/2018
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Pledge Category

Digital skills for all citizens

Pledge's geographical scope

Time period

Start date: 01/01/2018
End date: 31/12/2018

Other Pledge details

Local/National scope:
Public Funding:
• Flemish Ministry of Education • National Lottery


Gezinsbond (GB) is a network of families in Flanders, with more than 250,000 members. The Gezinsbond is a pluralistic and democratically structured organisation for all families in Flanders and Brussels. GB defends the interests of families, regardless of religious, ideological or political beliefs, and regardless of the composition of the family (large and young families, families with any or few children, single parents, married or co-habiting couples, stepfamilies, grandparents etc.). Gezinsbond addresses all areas important for families, including child support, work-life-balance, education, quality childcare, media and health. Gezinsbond is one of the founding members of COFACE Families Europe.

Child Focus

The Foundation for Missing and Sexually Exploited Children in Belgium works under the name 'Child Focus'. Seven days a week and 24 hours a day, the organisation makes every effort to find missing children and prevent their sexual exploitation, offline and online. Child Focus wants to prevent these facts through study, understanding, advocacy, and dialogue with authorities and stakeholders. Child Focus wants to reach various target groups proactively and effectively by training, awareness raising and mobilization of these groups. Depending on the theme, Child Focus is aimed at children, adolescents and parents, as well as police officers, magistrates and others who are professionally involved with children or young people.

Qualitative Impact

• The website 'Veilig Online' provides free, accessible information for parents about the safe use of new media
• Free training, including five different interactive modules covering the main safety issues that could be met by young people online:1) Social media: young people have social contacts online. What about different social media, on-line reputation, costs, what place does social media take within your family, how to make agreements and set limits with your children. 2) On-line relations and sexuality: young people experiment with relationships and sex and are also taking such steps online. They send selfies, use dating apps, do sexting, watch porn ... and all that from that one smartphone in their back pocket. What do parents want and need to know about when and how to intervene? 3)
Internet and privacy: focus on cyber-hygiene. How do you present yourself on the web, what do you consider to be one hundred percent private? How do your children deal with this? Understanding
concepts such as cookies, phishing and sharenting? Learn to deal critically with institutions, advertising, passwords, ... and tips for your children around privacy.4) Gaming: why is gaming so attractive, how to talk with your child about gaming, understanding the risks, how to set boundaries without over controlling, etc. (with stand-up comedians, video's and quiz). 5) Cyberbullying: understanding cyberbullying, how to notice cyberbullying without invading the privacy of your child, how to deal with it, how and where to get help
• Special sessions for 1) disadvantaged parents with specific method and group supervisor and 2) grandparents.

The updated and extended trainings and tools will result in:
• Socially disadvantaged families are reached by working with local organisations (that already unite these parents) and schools, and offering free sessions.
• Empowerment of people in poverty, single parent families, parents with disabled children and immigrant families aiming to decrease the digital gap.
• Inform parents about on-line behavior in two prominent domains of children on-line: social media and on-line relations & sexuality.
• French version, based on 'veilig online', Ligue des Familles:
• Parents are better prepared for the risks of online activities of their children and are able to better detect and coach them on managing these risks.
• Parents are capable to better understand the digital world of their children. They receive practical tips & tricks how to stay involved via open dialogue without over-controlling.
• Parents are better skilled in teaching their children how to be safe online and judge the risks of fraud, cyberbullying, privacy and advertisingParents learn to dialogue constructively 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 of online activities (develop their digital skills, social contact, entertainment, learning etc.)

The qualitative impact will be measured by conducting surveys with participants.

Quantitative Impact

Indicator Description Target Status
People trained online/families Trainings for (grand) parents in accessible places (schools, libraries, community centres). The parents that attended the training often share their knowledge afterwards with other members of the family and/or friends 4,000 N/A
People trained online/socially disadvantaged families, such as migrant families, families in poverty and single parent families Trainings for (grand) parents tailored on their needs. Since migrants experience the trainings as a family affair and thus bring their children, childcare is at disposal. The trainings for these groups are offered for free and offered in accessible places (schools, libraries, community centres. The parents that attended the training often share their knowledge afterwards with other members of the family and/or friends 1,000 N/A
People trained online/parents Via the website parents have access to the 5 interactive models 30,000 N/A
People reached through awareness raising /all citizens Via the website (managed by Gezinsbond) parenting support is offered for free. The offer, classified on the basis of different age groups, is broad and includes the theme digitalization. The information is written in a very accessible way and includes practical recommendations 2,000 N/A
People trained face2face / teachers/VET teachers/trainers A number of experts have been trained to moderate the 'veiligonline' trainings with parents and in particular for parents of socially excluded groups 18 N/A

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Milestone name Completion date Status
Train the trainers: 6 sessions 31/01/2018
Peer learning for trainers on working with socially disadvantaged groups 31/03/2018
Update and upgrade of 5 interactive modules 31/08/2018
Train the trainer on updated and upgraded 5 interactive modules 30/09/2018
Publication book 'Online relations and sexuality' 31/12/2018
Theater performance 'Online relations and sexuality' 31/12/2018
Update latest trends on how youngsters use new media 31/12/2018

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