Last week, as my colleagues Patrick and William shared, Mozilla was delighted to announce our partnership with the CyberMentors initiative from the UK charity BeatBullying.

CyberMentors is an extremely important and worth while project with the aim of keeping young people and children safe online. Whilst the Internet provides countless opportunities for learning, knowledge, and fun at the click of a button, “… Cyber Bullying is unfortunately the most common problem experienced by young people on the Web in the UK”.  (Find out more about what CyberBullying is)

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“… I am delighted that Beatbullying is taking a lead in training more than 3,000 CyberMentors to take its successful peer mentoring programme into schools and to establish it online.” Noted Gordon Brown, the UK PM in a video address at the launch of CyberMentors.

Become a Mozilla sponsored CyberMentor!

We are now searching for 10 people who will be sponsored by Mozilla to be trained as a CyberMentor in the UK. As Patrick explained: “Anyone can become a Cybermentor, and there is no need for previous experience of working with children: the only pre-requisite is understand and empathy for those who are experiencing bullying.”

The training is in London, so we hope to find SE England-based community members first – over time, the programme will roll out to the rest of the country. Please read Patrick’s post for more information on what is expected of you as a CyberMentor: http://patrickfinch.net/2009/03/03/mozilla-and-cybermentors/

For more information on how to become a CyberMentor please contact William or Patrick directly at william at mozilla dot com or Patrick at pfinch at mozilla dot com.

Please help us take a firm stance against Cyber Bullying, and help our children safely experience the wonder which is the Web.