Be Strong Online comprises a series of online modules developed by The Diana Award and Vodafone, designed to be delivered by young people for young people.
Be Strong Online is a peer-led programme to help young people develop digital resilience.
Be Strong Online contains free resources covering digital issues like cyberbullying, social media, online privacy, selfies, gaming and much more! These resources have been developed to empower young people to be positive online role models and to help their peers navigate the online world safely.
Click below to access our suite of Be Strong Online modules.
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What is Be Strong Online?
The Diana Award previously teamed up with Vodafone to create the Be Strong Online Ambassadors Programme as part of The Diana Award Anti-Bullying Campaign. Whilst we do not currently train young people to become Be Strong Online Ambassadors, we recognise that young people are the best agents for change in their schools and communities particularly when it comes to the online world. Therefore, we have continued to make these modules available for any young person to use and deliver to their peers.
We do still continue to train young people to become Anti-Bullying Ambassadors as part of our Anti-Bullying Campaign. If you’re interested in finding out more, check out our training page here.
The Be Strong Online modules cover everything from gaming and selfies to privacy, apps and social networking. These modules have been designed to be led by young people for young people as part of a team in a school or youth setting and empower them to deliver to deliver short sessions to their peers on digital issues. Young people are given the skills and confidence to promote positive digital online behaviour amongst their peers and other young people.The modules are still available here to use and download.
What does ‘peer-led’ mean?
Be Strong Online uses a peer-to-peer model: this means that instead of adults teaching young people, it is young people who teach their peers (people in their school or youth group) by leading short digital skills and awareness sessions from our modules. We recognise that young people are the best agents for change in their schools and communities and are best placed to help their peers learn about the online world. Teachers, educators and youth group leaders can help enable this peer-led model by bringing together teams of young people and supporting their delivery efforts.
What is a Be Strong Online Ambassador?
The role of a Be Strong Online Ambassador was to raise awareness of digital issues and promote positive digital online behaviour. With the help of their staff leader and team members, they ran short, engaging digital skills and awareness sessions teaching their peers about how to Be Strong Online.
Whilst we do not currently train young people to become Be Strong Online Ambassadors, we recognise that young people are the best agents for change in their schools and communities particularly when it comes to the online world. Therefore, we have continued to make our modules available for any young person to use and still suggest that these modules are delivered by young people for young people.
Does your school or youth setting already have an existing youth-led initiative in place such as mentoring or buddy system or a school council? Then why not use our modules that contain everything you need to deliver short sessions to your peers on topics such as ‘Selfies and Self-Esteem’ and ‘Digital Detox-ing’?
Can I be an Ambassador if I don’t know much about the 10 modules?
How can I learn more about the 10 modules?
There are ten modules in the Be Strong Online platform which aim to cover all aspects of our digital lives. Find out about the modules and download the resources you’ll need by checking out the module page.
How do the short Be Strong Online sessions work?
With the help of a staff member or youth group leader, young people select one of our 10 modules that they want to deliver to their peers. After learning about the topic on the online platform and completing some practice training sessions, young people run short 20 minutes sessions with groups of their peers. Each module follows this format:
- Discussion about the topic (video)
- One 10 minute activity out of a choice of four
- Wrap-up, hand out follow-up activity sheet and info sheets for students and parents
Is the Be Strong Online programme currently running? / How can I get involved?
After much success, partnership funding for the Be Strong Online programme sadly ended in 2019. Whilst we are no longer able to train young people to become Be Strong Online Ambassadors, we have made our modules still available to download and use.
If you may know a potential funder or may be interested in funding the Be Strong Online programme, get in touch. To get a feel for what a Be Strong Online Ambassador training day looked like, check out this video!
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