How to help young people to defend themselves: the training course to be carried out at school

How to help young people  to defend themselves: the training course to be taken at school

In order to combat the phenomenon of online grooming, schools should organize specific training courses run by experienced operators, that equip young people to recognize risk situations and to cope with the dangers that can arise in the Internet.

he Anti Grooming Training Course, designed by the team of the IFOS – Master in Clinical Criminology and Forensic Psychology, has specific objectives to increase the awareness of young people on the phenomenon of grooming and transmit the main techniques of defence and protection.

After having organized a meeting with the teachers and the parents of the target class (six hours), the consultant held a training course, lasting ten hours, which includes the following steps:

1) Increase awareness
Introductory session lasting four hours, intended to convey information about the identity and its virtual mode. In particular, pre-adolescents and adolescents, led by a consultant, are encouraged to reflect, through interactive games and role-playing on the properties virtual identity: the absence of a body size, the modifiability of the characteristics of recognition, the social capacity to forge relationships, and the contradictory nature of the symbiotic relationship – fusion with the real identity.

2) Acquire tools to defend themselves
In a second session lasting four hours, the counsellor builds a social network with the assistance of the students a false profile. Choices then the photos to be published on the notice board and described the characteristics of personality and interests of the false surfer, the counsellor and the students simulate a chat between a primer and a minor, with the aim of deepening the main technical approach of cyber-predator: enhance the outer beauty of the young victim, marks the strategic use of Oedipal issues and manipulate the logic to create confusion.

3) Monitor
the third phase, lasting two hours, is generally carried out two months after the training course, in order to collect the experiences of students and supervising the experiments carried out on line.

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