Within the project “Prevention of sexual assault and recruitment of adolescents through social networks” funded by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Romania, Necuvinte Association together with the Romanian Police created the Guide “Healthy Relationships”. The educational partner of the project is the National Council of Students.
The material is intended for high school students, teenagers aged 14-18, their parents, teachers, but also to raise awareness among the general public.
The guide is structured in 4 chapters that cover topics from online safety, healthy relationships, privacy and consent, legislation applicable to the topics developed in the material.
On November 19, 2020, on the occasion of the launch of the educational material, the project partners sent a message:
“The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Romania supports the prevention efforts regarding human trafficking. This project is the result of such efforts. We salute the civil society and the Romanian Police for this initiative meant to raise awareness and to educate the youth regarding the potential risks that social networks might represent when recruiting for human trafficking purposes. The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands salutes the opportunity created within this project that enables cooperation between different active actors in the fight against this severe global phenomenon”. – The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands în Romania
“Adolescence involves a lot of curiosity, desire to interact with the others and to be the center of attention. That is why the youth expose themselves to online and offline risks, because not all the exciting things are safe and some of their experiences might not have happy endings. A proper information, through safe sources, choosing the right group of people and establishing some core values and principles ever since adolescence, are the ways to a happy future, with dreams that become reality.” – Angela Chirvăsuță, police chief commissioner, Institute for Crime Research and Prevention within the Romanian Police
“During this time, our lives have shifted almost completely towards digitalization and online. The students are more vulnerable than ever to virtual attacks. I believe that this guide comes as a support tool for the students who do not know how to face this transition”. – Rareș Voicu, president of the National Council of Students
“The online world is like a Pandora’s box where not everything we can find within a simple Google search is true, correct or applicable for us. This year, maybe more than ever, it is highly important that we know how can we protect ourselves from the online risks. And I believe that the time has come to talk to teenagers more about the problems they face. We should stop from trying to force on them our own realities.” – Simona Voicescu, Executive Director, Necuvinte Association
“The best way to make someone responsible for their own behavior is through education and information. It is about time that we stopped hiding under taboo subjects, because these subjects are nothing less than pieces of life, of society, that are, in fact, inevitable. It is about time that we left the shame behind us and offered the youth information about health (both physically and emotionally) and safety, about their rights and the problems they face.” – Monica Tudorache, Gender equality Expert, Necuvinte Association
For more details about the project you can access the following link: Prevention of sexual assault and recruitment of adolescents through social networks