IRELAND Safer Internet Centre
In schools, action is taken at a whole-school level to ensure that internet safety is mainstreamed throughout the school’s teaching, learning and other practices. Our internet safety strategy has three components:
Since the development of the Schools Broadband Network the NCTE have implemented a centralised content filter. This service allows teachers to harness the power of the Internet for teaching and learning without risking exposing their pupils to inappropriate content.
We have also ensured that all schools have Acceptable Use Policies that are regularly reviewed, monitored and agreed with parents, staff and students. These policies address all rights, privileges, responsibilities and sanctions associated with the Internet in schools. A school’s AUP identifies the school's strategy on promoting safe use of the Internet and defines the parameters of behaviour and specifies the consequences of violating those parameters.
Our SID Campaign Work:
This year, we are running a social media campaign targeting teenage witnesses of cyberbullying.
Aim: to change the attitude of bystanders to make them more likely to intervene positively in online bullying situations.
Online rights and responsibilities are key to all internet users, not just young people, to ensure a safe online experience. Firstly, all young people have a right to go online to learn, play and have fun. And all young people have the right to do this free from any of the dangers we commonly associate with the internet such as cyberbullying. But rights must be balanced with responsibility. We all have a responsibility to keep the internet safe. Young people, in particular, can enjoy all the benefits of the online world once they recognise some key responsibilities. Responsibilities like never sharing private information online are vital if young people are to get the most from the internet in a safe manner. We feel that if we help young people recognise their online rights and maintain their personal online responsibilities, the internet will be a safe place for all.