66% increase in the number of students in the cyber mentor programme of the Regional Ministry of Social Affairs in two academic years

Apr 8, 2022 | Current affairs, Featured, Revista Lloseta, Thursday Daily Bulletin, Tradition

More than 600 young people and 70 teachers took part in the 5 days that reactivated the IBJOVE programme in person.
The number of young students of Compulsory Secondary Education who have become cyber mentors has increased by 66.6% compared to the last two years. This is the growing evolution of the programme of the Regional Ministry of Social Affairs and Sports implemented by the Balearic Youth Institute (IBJOVE) since the 2016/17 academic year in secondary schools in the Balearic Islands, which since then has trained 1,340 cyber mentors who in turn have trained 9,775 classmates in techniques for responsible, safe and healthy use of the Internet.

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This Thursday marks the end of the five days of the cyber mentor programme, organised by the Regional Ministry of Social Affairs and Sports and held on 21, 29 and 31 March and 5 and 7 April at the Casa de Colonias de la Colònia de Sant Pere, in Artà.

The programme of the Balearic Youth Institute (IBJOVE) promotes the proper use of new technologies and educates in the prevention and detection of cyberbullying and other inappropriate behaviour among students.

In these five days, more than 600 students and 70 teachers from a total of 27 secondary schools in Mallorca (25) and Eivissa (2), which are the centres participating in the programme this academic year 21/22, have taken part. They are: IES Emili Darder, IES Manacor, IES Porreres, IES Capdepera, IES Porto Cristo, IES Albuhaira, IES Can Peu Blanc, IES Berenguer d’Anoia, IES Binissalem, Es Liceu, IES Llucmajor, IES Puig de sa Font, IES Son Pacs, IES Santa Maria, IES Arxiduc Lluís Salvador, IES Josep Maria Llompart, IES La Ribera, IES Josep Font i Trias, IES Josep Sureda y Blanes, IES Son Ferrer, IES Antoni Maura, IES Bendinat, CIDE, IES Blanca Dona, IES Isidor Macabich, IES Ses Estacions and IES Sineu.

In the 2019/20 academic year, 21 centres participated in the programme with a total of 36 e-mentors and 2,500 students trained, while in the 2018/19 academic year there were 15 centres, with 200 e-mentors and 1,875 students trained; in the 2017/18 academic year, 8 centres with 120 e-mentors and 1,000 students trained, and in the first academic year in which it was implemented, 2016/17, 3 centres participated with 60 e-mentors and 300 students trained.

Through specific dynamics and participatory workshops, students improve their knowledge of detecting inappropriate online behaviour. The workshops that have been given are divided into two areas. On the one hand, those dedicated to knowledge of new developments in relation to ICTs, such as: “What are cryptocurrencies? What are cryptocurrencies all about?, Netflix inside and Achieve your goals with Lego Serious Play. On the other hand, those dedicated to playful/reflective learning, which are: Body percussion, Dancehall and Managing emotions through theatre.

At the end of June, the state meeting of youth correspondents will take place at CEULAJ in Mollina (Malaga), where a small group of cybermentors from the Balearic Islands will have the opportunity to participate and explain their participation in the programme.