A world without the internet has become unimaginable.
We use it to connect with friends, learn about new things and enjoy our free time. Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic the use of the internet has increased rapidly, providing an invaluable way for people to remain connected and to continue learning and working during lockdowns.
But the pandemic has also unveiled and intensified some pressing issues for young people from cyberbullying and exposure to violent content to rampant misinformation and unequal access to the internet.
Surf Smart 2.0 Generation Digital is a non-formal education curriculum to support young people to connect safely and positively online. It is a unique resource which will ensure a generation of girls and young women have the knowledge and skills to protect themselves and others online.
Participants will explore how they can use the internet as a member of Generation Digital; not only to communicate, learn and have fun but also to raise their voices as responsible citizens of the world.
By the end of their journey, they will have earned their Surf Smart 2.0 badge and learnt:
- How to protect their personal information and stay safe when online
- How to conduct themselves positively online, respecting other's opinions and feelings
- How to #BeTheChangeOnline, by speaking out for equal digital rights and access for all
The Surf Smart 2.0 curriculum
Who created it?
The curriculum was co-created with the professional support and advice of Norton, one of the most trusted brands in consumer-Cyber Safety and WAGGGS non-formal education experts.
Who can take part?
It has been developed for worldwide use for girl-only or co-educational groups from the ages of 5 to 25 years.
Where can I access it?
Download it here today!
What does it cover?
There are 5 main activity sections to the curriculum. Within each of the five sections there are a number of activities that can be selected to respond to different contexts, ages, learning needs and objectives. Facilitators should ensure participants complete one activity in each section to earn the badge.
The five sections are:
Discover and use the positive aspects of the internet
2. Connect Positively Online
Learn how to use social media and other platforms in ways that connect us with others positively and safely.
3. Protect yourself from online risks
Learn how to build better passwords, recognise and understand online dangers and how to take precautions to protect yourself when spending time online.
4. Your digital rights and footprint
From cyber bullying to your digital reputation, critically engage with how the internet can affect your life and why you should be careful before posting online.
5. Imagine a better internet
Use the internet in a positive way to spark creativity and make it more enjoyable for others. In this final section, participants will explore how to make change happen, taking up their own project to bring social change.
Watch what Girl Guide/Scout Leaders thought of - and learnt from - our new Surf Smart 2.0 programme!
Download the curriculum
Use the curriculum to help young people stay safe online. Download available here.