Creating Safe Online Spaces

Facilitate learning and building capacity on creating safe online spaces, specifically for at-risk groups and individuals. We **highly recommended** that you choose a Learning Path to travel, as these include activities with different levels of depth that should help participants obtain more insight into the covered subjects.

Introduction & Learning Objectives

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This module is about facilitating learning and building capacity on creating safe online spaces, specifically for at-risk groups and individuals. Through this module you can explore, through activities and discussions, the factors that affect the ability to create spaces where feminist and sexual rights activists and their communities can feel safe. We explore the meaning of such spaces for feminist and sexual rights activists.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this module, the participants will:

Continue to this module's Learning Activities

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Learning Activities, Learning Paths & Further Reading

This page will guide you through the Module's correct use and understanding. Following the Learning Paths, with activities of varying depth, should allow participants to obtain a better grasp of the studied subjects.

Learning Paths

We suggest starting this module with one of the Starter Activities: Unpacking "Safe", The Bubble, or Develop Your Internet Dream Place - in order for the participants to start exploring the concepts. If you want to be more specific, there are starter activities about consent and privacy (Photo Social Network), cloud storage and data privacy (The Cloud), and consent and device permissions (Visioning + Discussion: Settings + Permissions). Depending on your group's goals, these will help ground your group in concepts of safety and privacy.

You can use the Develop Your Internet Dream Place to work with a group that needs to redesign an existing internet space or design a new one with values of safety and privacy.

Then enhance the group´s grasp of the concepts with the Deepening Activities:

The Tactical Activities are practical hands-on sessions.

Learning Activities

Starter Activities

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Deepening Activities

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Tactical Activities

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Jac's Social Media and Security Slide Deck

Go back to the FTX: Safety Reboot's main page

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Unpacking "Safe" - Visioning Exercise [Starter Activity]

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This is a visioning exercise. The main purpose of the exercise is for participants to express their own definitions of a safe space and look for shared understanding of a safe space. A group might use this as a first exercise in designing new online spaces together or in redesigning an existing one with shared values of safety in mind.

This activity would work well as an ice breaker and as a way of grounding our ideas about safe online spaces in our experience of safe physical spaces.

This activity has three stages:

It is highly suggested that this activity is followed by Input + Discussion: Privacy, Consent and Safety.

Learning objectives this activity responds to

Who is this activity for?

This activity can be used with participants with different levels of experience with both online spaces and creating safe spaces.

Time required

This activity will require about 40 minutes.

Resources needed for this activity

Mechanics

Individual visualisation: 10 minutes Ask your participants to close their eyes and think about a specific place/time/circumstance in which they felt the safest. Encourage them to be specific in their visualisation – not in terms of the place/time/circumstance, but in thinking about the factors that made them feel safe. This could also be an imaginary place/time/circumstance.

Option: Drawing This can also be a visualising exercise where you ask participants to draw the place/time/circumstance in which they feel the safest, including the elements and factors that made them feel safe.

Small group discussion: 15 minutes In small groups of three to five people each, ask participants to share with one another what they have visualised.

Note: For a workshop with six or fewer participants, you can facilitate both discussion steps as a full group. The purpose of using small groups is to ensure that each participant has time to speak about what they have visualised.

Full group: 15 minutes To process, write "SAFE" in the middle of a sheet of flip chart paper and "mind map" the question: "What was it about the place/time/circumstance that made you feel safe?"

At the end of the exercise, you will have come up with a list of words, phrases and concepts that define "safe".

Notes for the trainer/facilitator:

Suggested tweak:

Go back to this activity's main module (Creating Safe Online Spaces)

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The Bubble - Visualisation Exercise [Starter Activity]

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This is a visualising exercise. The purpose of this exercise is to facilitate discussion about privacy and for the trainer and participants to understand varying concerns about privacy in the room.

This activity is not meant to deepen awareness of privacy, but rather have the participants reflecting on their individual notions of privacy.

This activity should be paired with either Making Online Spaces Safer or Input + Discussion: Privacy, Consent and Safety.

Learning objectives this activity responds to

Who is this activity for?

This activity can be used with participants with different levels of experience with privacy issues online and offline.

Time required

This activity will require about 40 minutes.

Resources needed for this activity

Mechanics

This is a visualising exercise. Participants will be given flip chart paper and markers to draw.

Individual visualisation: 30 minutes

If your are comfortable, close your eyes. Imagine a dot of bright light. Is it still, is it moving? How does it move? Now, imagine a circle around this dot. And now imagine both are moving, and the dot remains in the circle the whole time. You are both yourself, the dot, and your boundaries, the circle. How does it feel to be in this? This is a visualization of you inside of boundaries that are safe for you.

First, ask participants to draw an avatar of themselves in a circle in the centre of the paper.

The circle represents their individual bubble of privacy.

There are things inside and outside of the bubble.

On post-it notes, one concept per note, ask them to put the things that they keep most private and people they share the most private things with inside their bubble, and to place things they consider public outside of their bubble.

These things could include:

A sample of what this could look like: