Irish Safer Internet Centre - Webwise Ireland

Last updated: 2021-01-07

About our SID activities

Safer Internet Day 2021 will take place on Tuesday, 9 February, with celebrations taking place across the world to mark the event. The day encourages people to take action to help make the internet a safer and better place for all, especially for children and young people. Webwise is responsible for the coordination of Safer Internet Day (SID) in Ireland, and we are asking stakeholders to support the #SID2021 campaign and help to encourage people to get involved on 9 February.
 
Here are some of the resources you can use to support #SID2021, and play a part in promoting the importance of online safety.
 
1. #BeKindOnline
This year for Safer Internet Day in Ireland, Webwise is calling on people to #BeKindOnline. The campaign encourages people be responsible and empathic in how they behave in the online world. This year we have spent more time than ever online. While it has provided us with many benefits, it also has highlighted the importance of managing our online wellbeing, being respectful and kind online. We shape the internet everyday with our interactions – how we connect and communicate online. The #BeKindOnline campaign encourages people to reflect on how their actions matter and the impact it can have on others. The campaign will be promoted on social media and will also point to useful advice and supports that are available to people.
 
2. Sign up for Safer Internet Day 2021
Webwise send free online safety packs to any school, organisation, club, or community groups taking part in Safer Internet Day. If you are planning to do something to mark #SID2021, share your plans with us and we will send you out free wristbands for your participants. Support #SID2021 by encouraging schools, parent groups, organisations, and the wider community to get involved and sign-up at www.webwise.ie/saferinternetday/.
 
3. Help spread the word
Your voice can have a huge impact, and can help us to reach more children, families and schools in Ireland with this very important initiative. Support the campaign by highlighting #SID2021 on your website and social media channels. Webwise has developed a dedicated Safer Internet Day Hub to help anyone who is planning a SID event. It contains ideas, activities, videos, resources, and many more useful suggestions and tools to help people to get involved. At this link you will find relevant imagery for use in promotional activities. Relevant tags: @WebwiseIreland // #SaferInternetDay // #SID2021 // #BeKindOnline // #TheFullPicture.
 
4. Socially distanced Safer Internet Day ideas
Safer Internet Day 2021 may look a little different this year because of COVID-19 guidelines, but it can still be a very vibrant and engaging celebration! Getting involved is easier than ever, and Webwise has created a list of socially distanced Safer Internet Day activities that people can use to help to do their bit to create a better online world. Along with ideas for #SID2021, this resource includes templates and presentations that individuals, schools and organisations can tailor to their specific needs.
 
5. Free education resources, lessons and videos
Webwise provide FREE curriculum aligned education resources, lessons, activities and videos addressing a range of online safety and digital media literacy topics including cyberbullying, image-sharing, privacy, online wellbeing and more. For Safer Internet Day, we encourage all schools in Ireland to engage in online safety lessons and activities. Why not introduce internet safety to younger students with the HTML Heroes, start a conversation about consent using the Lockers programme, or explore digital media literacy topics such as big data and rights online using the Connected programme. These resources can be accessed for free on webwise.ie and we also send out hard copies to schools.
 
6. The Full Picture
The Webwise short film The Full Picture explores the influences and pressures young people face online and encourages them to reflect on the impact it can have, and how they can respond. The film can be viewed here, and the supporting information and advice can be accessed here. We would encourage you to share the short film on your online platforms, as this year, more than ever, it is important to manage our online wellbeing.
 
7. Parents
Parents have an important role to play when it comes to online safety, and Safer Internet Day is a great time for parents to have a chat with their child about internet safety. The webwise.ie/parents Hub is a great resource for parents, with practical, jargon free advice on a range of topics including screen time, image-sharing and social media. There are lots of useful explainers to popular apps their children may be using for example TikTok, Snapchat or Houseparty, along with with helpful videos from psychologists, education, and online safety experts on topics such as consent and respect online or managing technology in the home.
 
8. SID Ambassador Training Programme
The SID Ambassador Training Programme will take place online this year across five webinars with a focus on online wellbeing. The centre-piece of the training programme will be an exclusive guest panel discussion involving broadcasters, psychologists, sports people and industry. Over 130 students will take part in the programme this year.
 
9. Safer Internet Day presentations
Webwise has developed free, scripted presentations for primary and post-primary schools to host a Safer Internet Day webinar - see www.webwise.ie/safer-internet-day-presentations/.
 

What we are doing to support the SID 2021 slogan of "Together for a better internet"…

For Safer Internet Day 2021 we are encouraging all participants to #BeKindOnline.

About us

Webwise is the Irish Internet Safety Awareness Centre which is co-funded by the Department of Education and Skills and is co-financed by the European Union's Connecting Europe Facility (CEF). Webwise promotes the autonomous, effective, and safer use of the internet by young people through a sustained information and awareness strategy targeting parents, teachers, and children themselves with consistent and relevant messages.
 
We develop and disseminate resources that help teachers integrate internet safety into teaching and learning in their schools. We also provide information, advice, and tools to parents to support their engagement in their children's online lives. With the help of the Webwise Youth Advisory Panel, we develop youth-oriented awareness-raising resources and campaigns that address topics such as cyberbullying.

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Website
https://www.webwise.ie

Email address
internetsafety@pdst.ie

Contact name
Jane McGarrigle

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