Surf Smart Badge

Surf Smart resourceSurf Smart, a non-formal educational curriculum about staying safe online, was developed by WAGGGS in partnership with the Symantec Foundation. Surf Smart helps to inform young people about the importance of staying safe online and how they can protect themselves.The curriculum includes activities which encourage users to identify issues and find solutions most relevant to their own context, as well as activities that expose common issues girls and young women face with respect to internet safety.

Surf Smart was piloted in France, Germany and the UK throughout 2012. Building on the success of the pilot, the project was expanded to the Africa Region in 2013.

WAGGGS held a consultation with the participating Member Organizations at each phase of the project to discuss issues specific to each country and to ensure that Surf Smart  was relevant to their members.

The curriculum encourages young people to undertake activities from the curriculum and earn a Surf Smart badge. It includes activities for different age groups which can be carried out with or without access to a computer.

This initiative has been enabled by a grant from Symantec - the global leader in providing security solutions to consumers, best known for its Norton Anti-virus products. Symantec’s commitment to ensuring the internet is a safe place, along with their expertise in the field, contributed greatly to developing the educational curriculum.

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Interesting facts

  • It took radio broadcasters 38 years to reach an audience of 50 million, television 13 years, and the Internet just four
  • 48 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute, that’s nearly eight years’ worth of content uploaded every day, and over three billion videos are watch daily
  • More than 250 million photos are uploaded to Facebook every day.
  • In 1990, only 20 nations were connected to the internet. Today, every country is online, although access varies a great deal