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Google, GEG and E-Bezpečí - together in a unique project Web Rangers

Project Web Rangers realized by Czech Google in cooperation with E-Bezpečí and EDU Google Group Czech Republic started workshops for primary and lower secondary school pupils from all over the country. It launched a unique project of education in safer behaviour on the Internet.

"The idea for the project Web Rangers was first born with our colleagues in Israel 3 years ago, where it met with great success. It is based on the knowledge that is effective when children share their knowledge among themselves. The initiative is not just about teenagers to learn how to use the Internet safely and spread it among their peers as Web Rangers, but also to know that the Internet and its tools is also important in education and facilitate many things also in their everyday life," says Andrea Hurychová, Google CR.

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"Children will be working six weeks on their projects, which then will distribute among friends and classmates, so they transmit information and ideas on using the Internet safely. A project may include short video, comics, article in the local paper, discussion in school, whatever. We expect that children will use those resources that they already know from school or from home. In the project team, there are helpers, which will help children with their projects, if necessary," said Lenka Urbanová of GEG country.

"We got involved in the project in order to familiarize children with cyberbullying and cybergrooming, which are the most dangerous phenomena on the Internet. At the same time we will introduce the possibility of protection and defence against these risks," says Kamil Kopecký, the project manager of E-Bezpečí, Palacky University in Olomouc. He adds: "The basis of education and prevention of children is a case study, in which pupils experience all the victims of a hazardous situation and seek its solution. They become active and aware of the severity of each problem, which in extreme cases can end tragically."

During January and February, more than a hundred of Czech children aged 13-15 years will pass through the training project. These children will then pass on their knowledge using various types of projects among their peers. For more information about the project see www.webrangers.cz.

The project activities will be followed by research on risky behaviour of Czech children on the Internet, which officially starts on February 12, 2014 within the Safer Internet Day. Research conducted at Centre for the Prevention of risky virtual communication at Palacky University in Olomouc, in cooperation with companies Seznam.cz, Google and Vodafone will be implemented in three European countries this time - the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Poland. For more information, visit the website www.e-bezpeci.cz.