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The Angels’ House is a local initiative for children and families offered at the municipal level in Katowice, and Chorzow, Upper Silesia region in Poland. The main objective of these activities is prevention of social exclusion among children and families. This objective is realised through several programmes, such as day-time care for pre-school children (children aged 2.5 to 5 years old), after-school care for school-aged children (children aged 6 to 17 years old), street work (outdoor activities for children), after-school club for teenagers, family advisory centre (for parents). All these activities aim to engage children and parents that might otherwise not receive any support or guidance. Children are offered activities that teach them about non-violent problems’ solving skills, collaborating with other and group work. Children are engaged in a structured play with other children and have opportunities to develop skills and their passions. Hot meals are offered to children attending day- and after-school care activities.
This EU-wide voluntary scheme provides school children with fruit and vegetables, aiming thus to encourage good eating habits in young people. Besides providing fruit and vegetables the scheme requires participating Member States to set up strategies including educational and awareness-raising initiatives.
An evaluation of the success of the evidence-based ConRed program, which addresses cyberbullying and other emerging problems linked with the use of the internet and seeks to promote a positive use of this new environment. The main aims of the ConRed program are a) to improve perceived control over in- formation on the internet, b) to reduce the time dedicated to digital device usage, and c) to prevent and reduce cyberbullying. The impact of the program was evaluated with a quasi-experimental design with a sample of 893 students (595 experimental and 298 control). The results of the mixed repeated measures ANOVAs demonstrate that ConRed contributes to reducing cyberbullying and cyber-dependence, to adjusting the perception of information control, and to in- creasing the perception of safety at school.
The ConRed program produces positive results with regard to the four involved roles in cyberbullying and other risk in the internet and social network. These results are consistent with those found in the intervention programs focused on traditional bullying because there is clearly more successful in reducing aspects of victimization (Ttofi & Farrington, 2011). Specifically, after the intervention program, cyber victims have lower level of cyber and traditional victimization and traditional bullying, in general, as well as less interpersonal addiction and lower perception of their personal information control on the internet.
However, this program obtained also a improvement in the rest of the implicated pupils in cyberbullying -aggressors, bully-victims and bystanders-. Aggressors boys are less implicated and have less levels of addiction to the internet. Bully-victims are less implicated in cyberbullying and traditional bullying a exception of traditional agression and have lower levels of interpersonal addiction to the internet. Finally, bystanders group also show improvements. They perceive less safety problems and peer negative interactions in their schools and they have lower levels of interpersonal addictions and perception of their personal information control on the internet.
These results show that the intervention from schools to reduce and prevent cyberbullying can improve in addition to victimization, as in traditional bullying prevention, aggression and Internet addiction. But it also affects the relationships in the school, students who are not involved in cyberbullying, perceived the school safer and with fewer problems after the intervention program. This is the action line of the Spanish educational administrations, who are driving this type of program in a general line of action: the convivencia and cyberconvivencia improvement (Ortega, Del Rey & Sánchez, 2011).
One important topic for future research and action will be an evaluation of the impact of the program once a certain period of time has elapsed. Accordingly, it would be necessary to verify if the positive effects of ConRed are long-lasting even when there is no ongoing intervention or if the benefits disappear gradually. It would be significant to confirm whether these positive effects remain when the program is implemented by the natural agents, the teachers, in which it could be considered a valid program for general use by schools (Ortega, Del Rey & Casas, in press).
The Saluda programme focuses on the prevention of alcohol and other recreational drugs in the field of leisure. It was developed for students between 12 and 14 years old how have either not started consumption or are in the early stages, as it is framed within primary prevention programmes. It is a skill-development programme, and it is theoretically based on both the Social learning Model and the Theory of Reasoned Action. The objectives of the programme are to delay the age of the first alcohol consumption and to reduce the abuse of alcohol and other drugs, especially in the context of the weekend.
Code Club is a nationwide network of free volunteer-led after-school coding clubs for children aged 9-11. The programme is run by a not-for-profit organisation also called 'The Code Club'.
The organisation creates projects for volunteers to teach at after school coding clubs or at non-school venues such as libraries. The projects teach children how to program by showing children how to make computer games, animations and websites. Code Club volunteers go to their local club for an hour a week and teach one project a week. Each term the students will progress and learn more whilst at the same time using their imaginations and making creative projects. Terms 1 & 2 use Scratch to teach the basics of programming. Term 3 teaches the basics of web development using HTML and CSS. Term 4 teaches Python and so on. The organisation have also created online training for our volunteers, to make sure they have all the info and know-how they need to run a successful Code Club.