SPAIN: Salesian missionaries launch Enredados campaign that helps parents support their children to be healthy and safe online
(MissionNewswire) At the beginning of the new academic year, Salesian centers in Spain launched the Enredados campaign, an initiative of the Spain-St. James Major Salesian Province that helps families look at safety while online.
The campaign aims to address questions for parents, including: What are youth doing online all that time? What are they looking for in social networks? Are they making good use of technology? How and why should they be in that digital environment? Families are offered tools and resources to support youth in the digital environment.
Father Fernando García, the coordinator of Salesian schools in the province, explained, “With the end of this first quarter of courses, the Enredados campaign has come to light. It is an initiative that we coordinated within the pedagogical area of our province to help the parents of our students in the difficult task of accompanying and educating their children in a digital environment. The Enredados project was born to get closer to families, to count on them, and to provide them with reflections and materials that help them communicate with their children.”
The Enredados campaign offers a series of tools for parents to talk about topics at home with their children as well as to provide them with education about the internet. The first educational course of the campaign focused on privacy, and the next will focus on healthy habits for using the internet, along with using information and communication technologies while helping youth avoid addiction. The last educational course of the campaign will look at the nexus between personal relationships and virtual relationships.
With the aim of underlining the positive character of the internet, Salesian missionaries developed the slogan, “A better Internet starts with you: together we learn cybersecurity” as part of the campaign. The motto invites everyone to join the global movement, to participate and to take advantage of the best of the internet to bring people together.
Salesian missionaries have been working for many years to provide educational and workforce development opportunities for poor youth and women in Spain through residential and technical and vocational training programs.
Close to 37 percent of young Spanish workers under the age of 25 are unemployed and a growing number of them can’t afford to buy enough food to live. Poor youth with few employable skills struggle the most to find and retain stable employment. Women in Spain face inequality in the workforce. They earn up to 14 percent less than men and represent only 34.5 percent of those listed as the highest earners in Spain.
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