Peer educators Ena Horvath and Edit Veres from Sombor conducted four workshops about internet violence “Facebook, our identity card in the real world” together with students from four secondary schools in Sombor. The workshops were aimed at education of high school students about the importance of social networks in today’s teenagers lives, about how to protect themselves from violence on Internet and, also, that they themselves do not become violent on the Internet. Workshops were held in the period from 13th to 16th of November in secondary textile school “Sveti Sava”, secondary medical school, “Dr.Ruzica Rip, gymnasium “Veljko Petrovic” and the secondary school of economics. Altogether, 75 students attended the workshops. Workshops were very dynamic and on various topics: introduction about importance of the Internet with particular accent on the Facebook through ppt presentations, further through working in groups we have processed positive and negative aspects of Facebook and by “opinionmeter” we have examined students’ opinions on five topics that included following areas: fake profiles, cyberbullying, protection of profiles and passwords, issues about Facebook users and their age, misuse of data on the Internet. Through video projections of two short videos was shown the effect of social networks, as well as a negative example of violence on the Internet. Both videos had a strong impression on participants. During all workshops there were a lot of comments, positive and negative examples about activities on Facebook. Participants were satisfied with the workshops and at the end they got promo material of campaigns “Virtual feels real” (leaflets, badges and handouts about what we haven’t read about Facebook).
If there are conditions we will hold workshops in other schools in Sombor in future. Working with high school students is always interesting and exciting!