The Net Safety Collaborative is a new nonprofit organization bringing together two unprecedented digital safety programs serving U.S. schools: a social media helpline for school personnel and digital leadership training and support at school and online for students as well as staff.
With two trusted brands–iCanHelpline.org and #ICANHELP–the Collaborative provides support to school community members of all ages on both the preven-tion and intervention sides of digital, physical and social-emotional safety.
On the intervention side iCanHelpline.org is a hotline school personnel can call toll-free to get help with problems in social media involving students and staff. Whether the problem is harassment, cyberbullying, sexting or any other online abuse, if it violates social media services’ Terms of Service, the helpline can help get it deleted. It can do so because of our longstanding work with social media companies including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Snapchat, Kik and Tumblr.
For students, #ICANHELP is help “in the cloud”–a hashtag they can use with the help of Collaborative staff, to “call” for help anonymously in the media where the help is needed. Students can also use the hashtag to provide help to peers; post kind, respectful comments; report abuse to social media services; and help school personnel resolve social media-related problems–i.e., be the change they want to see in social media.
On the prevention side #ICANHELP provides students and educators with digital leadership training. It does so on-site at schools; at state, regional and national conferences; and remotely through Webinars and Webcasts.
What’s unprecedented: 1) iCanHelpline is the U.S.’s first Internet helpline dedicated to schools, the only one focused on youth and school safety— unprecedented intervention support in a community saturated with prevention programs. 2) #ICANHELP is unique in its positive, pro-social, pro-student-leadership approach created by educators who understand students, digital leadership and social media.
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