THE TABBY PROJECT
The “T.A.B.B.Y. in Internet” project (Threat Assessment of Bullying Behavior in Youth) addresses negative challenges faced by teachers, school counselors, instructors, chief directors, parents and students related to youths' use of digital media, the Internet and cell phones and other interactive device: mainly cyberbullying, cyber threats and sexting.
The project aims to increase knowledge, skills to protect young people when using internet, mobile, social networks, school but also off-campus from victimisation by peers or other youngsters or adults by setting up a system for school officials and students themselves for the identification of risk factors and assessment of cyberbullying, cyberthreats and sexting and take adequate preventive actions to protect themselves and victims from such noxious behaviours.
No single cause of cyberbullying-cyberthreats or sexting can be identified, and several studies have shown that talking about bullying both the individual risk factors as well as the social, relational ones play a central role. Risk factors increase the chance for an event to take place; if those risk factors are not present, such behaviours could still take place but with a lower risk.
Risk assessment of any antisocial behavior is an approach, procedure used to establish whether an event is likely to (re)occur, in this case risk assessment of bullying behaviour in internet is the approach to establish whether cyber menaces is likely to take place, or take place again, and even more specifically, whether there is a risk of recidivism of something that is already taking place.
Threat assessment (of cyberbullying or cyberstalking) is a dynamic assessment approach that takes into consideration a series of individual, contextual, social factors in a time-perspective way, looking at how different risk factors interfere one with each other at a certain point in time.
Using a dynamic threat assessment approach means not simply identify and sum up risk factors present in an individual at school, at home, in their use of internet, but understand that certain behaviours can be a dynamic combination of individual, environmental and social factors that interfere one with each other in a specific moment in time for that single individual.
The TABBY project is “European” in its dimension not only because the activities and studies will be explored and undertaken in different EU countries, but also because we want to explore and develop at an European level an approach that can be shared and adopted not at a limited national level but that can be distributed and used and be useful all around in all 27 EU countries, to develop best practices to reduce crime, improve wellness and provide citizen’s belonging, and prevent future violence, especially more vulnerable ones, effective measures to be and become active and respectful and less vulnerable citizens, with relation to the use of internet to communicate which is an overspread mean.
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