Online anti-bullying resources from the charity Cybersmile Foundation are being made more accessible as schools close and parents take over responsibility for educating children at home.
Anti-bullying charity Cybersmile Foundation has waived fees for its online support in response to the school closures caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
The charity’s interactive learning programme, including lesson plans and other educational materials, is being made free to all parents, students and teachers.
The aim is to ensure young people have access to the materials, while schools are closed for most students, who are being forced to continue their education at home with support from their parents.
The charity has seen a surge in demand for its online services, including its education progamme, since the outbreak.
The resources are available via the charity’s dedicated online education portal.
“Fortunately, all Cybersmile education and support services have been developed to scale almost infinitely. Our services are also designed to withstand the most challenging social environments. We feel fortunate to be able to provide free education and support to everybody affected at such a difficult time,” said the charity’s Co-Founder Dan Raisbeck.
The charity is also looking for funding to develop “emergency interactive learning modules” around social distancing and hand hygiene during the pandemic. Potential partners are urged to email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other online support available from the charity includes its Cybersmile Assistant, which uses artificial intelligence to offer online support on issues such as cyberbullying and anxiety.
Last November Cybersmile teamed up with Instagram to enlist social media influencers in a campaign to highlight how “banter” is being used as an excuse for online bullying.
Meanwhile, children’s charity Unicef has produced an online guide to helping young people protect their mental health during coronavirus, including tackling bullying.
A specific guide to dealing with cyberbullying has been created by Unicef, in partnership with child protection experts and social media platforms such as Instagram and Twitter