As youngsters from Hungary, Estonia, Lithuania, Malta, Italy, and France, we recently had the opportunity to come together in the small community of Pákozd (Hungary) for a Youth Exchange organized in frames of Erasmus+ program. The name of the project was "Under the Surface" and the focus of the exchange was on the issue of cyberbullying and the impact of social media on young people.
Over the course of several days, we engaged in discussions, workshops, and activities that allowed us to explore the issue of cyberbullying in depth and share our own experiences and perspectives. We also had the chance to gain valuable insights into the ways in which social media can both help and harm young people.
One of the key themes that emerged from our discussions was the need for greater awareness and understanding of the issue of cyberbullying. We recognized that many young people may not be fully aware of the potential risks and consequences of social media, and may not know how to protect themselves from cyberbullying or how to respond if they become a victim. We therefore concluded that it is important for young people to be educated about the issue and to be provided with the tools and resources they need to stay safe online.
Another important theme that emerged from our discussions was the need for greater collaboration and support among young people. We recognized that cyberbullying can be a very isolating and damaging experience, and that young people who are victims of cyberbullying may feel alone and unable to cope. We therefore concluded that it is crucial for young people to have access to support networks and resources that can help them to overcome cyberbullying and to rebuild their confidence and self-esteem.
Overall, the Youth Exchange in Pákozd was a valuable and enlightening experience that allowed us to gain a greater understanding of the issue of cyberbullying and the impact of social media on young people. Through our discussions and activities, we were able to identify the key challenges and opportunities associated with the issue, and to develop a set of recommendations for young people, educators, and policy makers. We believe that by working together and using our collective knowledge and experience, we can help to create a safer and more supportive online environment for all young people.