Israel Sci-Tech Schools’ Screen Guards Screensavers Program began operations in 2012 with five online schools. Today, more than 1,000 students from the Network’s dozens of schools volunteer for the program. The activities of the joint program for Israel Sci-Tech Schools and Google take place throughout the year in order to make the virtual world, the center of the lives of the youth, a source of positive influence, personal growth, and empowerment, and a tool for realizing abilities and skills. As part of the program, students gain skills in the mobilization of mutual assistance, guidance, support, mentoring, awareness-raising, and more in order to reduce quite a few dangers that can affect an entire life, against the background of cyberbullying and misuse and poor use we witness daily.
Every year, the OrTov team, in collaboration with the leadership groups of the program, leads marathons and competitions to promote campaigns and social initiatives on various topics. The inspiring products are highly appreciated and more than once students active in the program are invited to participate in the various Knesset committees and present their impressive work to promote protection and safe surfing on social networks.
This example was invited student peaks Sci-Tech Psagot School in Karmiel to the Science and Technology Committee in the Knesset to participate in the discussion on the technological means to protect children and youth networks. Students from Sci-Tech Kramim School, were invited to participate in the discussion on cyberbullying among teenagers and children, held in the Knesset Committee for Children’s Rights. Also invited were five leadership groups from Sci-Tech Psagot Karmiel , Sci-Tech Danziger Kiryat Shmona, Sci-Tech Psagot – Beit She’an Israeli Religious High School , Sci-Tech Amirim Beit She’an and Sci-Tech Rabin Gan Yavneh, to present their projects to the Knesset Committee on the Rights of the Child and the Committee for the Education System’s Dealing with Violence on Social Networks.
I am not alone – an app that connects teenagers and children who experience loneliness to children who have gone through similar experiences in the digital space, with whom they can talk without fear, support each other, and think together about ways of coping – Sci-Tech Danziger Kiryat Shmona
Digital Room for Education Teams – A site for teachers with materials that help the educational staff identify the distress of students experiencing violence. In the digital room, educators will be able to receive tools, activity sets, and workshops that will allow them to help their students deal with the challenges that exist in the digital space. All materials in the room were written by the youth – Sci-Tech Psagot Karmiel.
Smartphone license – a kit that allows parents to prepare their children for the first smartphone – Sci-Tech Rabin Gan Yavne. The group’s leader, Zivia Cohen and the students: Keren Or Badash, Shai Zulfayev, Ofri Azulai, Tamir Ben Hanan, Itai Sheetrit and Peleg Ben Yishai presented the Knesset project for a smartphone, designed for parents of young children who want to know how to conduct themselves on social networks safely. The smartphone license contains a kit that includes a booklet of rules of conduct on the web, rules using icons, a game board and matching stickers, for sticking on a board, a memory game, and for completing a theory test. The students met with the Minister of Education, Yifat Shasha Bitton, MK, Chairman of the Committee for the Advancement of Women, Aida Toma Suleiman, MK Inbar Bezeq, and were interviewed by Dror for Galit and Yoav’s television program.
Says a member of the delegation, Keren Or: “The meeting in the Knesset was exciting, experiential, Minister Yifat Shasha Bitton, and committee members were very enthusiastic about our initiative, and MK Mrs. Aida Touma-Suleiman suggested that we translate the initiative into Arabic.
School Principal, Mary Shpont: “Congratulations to the Screensavers Group and to the group leader Ms. Zivia Cohen. The smartphone license is a brilliant start for Screensavers, who have proven amazing performance and creative abilities in this venture. “Raising awareness for the intelligent use of the Internet is an important goal in values education and counseling! I am proud of this leadership group!”
An explanatory campaign for a respectful discourse – a campaign to raise awareness of a respectful discourse among young parents through a line of baby clothes printed with messages calling for respectful discourse and against violence and bullying – Sci-Tech Psagot – Israeli religious high school Beit She’an.
Around the net – a board game (box) based on the world of the Internet, which centralizes all issues of online behavior in one place and aims to convey to children and adolescents the rules of online behavior in an experiential way and get to know the virtual space and its opportunities – Sci-Tech Amirim Beit She’an. The students presented their projects and were interviewed by the Knesset channel.
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