Irish Safer Internet Centre - Webwise Ireland

Last updated: 2022-01-05

About our SID activities

#TalkListenLearn – This Safer Internet Day, Webwise and the National Parents Council Primary are supporting parents through the #TalkListenLearn campaign which highlights the importance of having regular and open conversations with children and teenagers to ensure that they have a safe and positive experience online.

A suite of resources has been developed to support the campaign including:

  • SID Stakeholder Toolkit for Parents.
  • Updated Webwise Parent Guide to a Better Internet.
  • Talking Points for Parents.
  • #TalkListenLearn Topic Generator – a new tool to encourage more open conversations between parents and children.

We are reaching out to our online safety stakeholders to support this important message, to help ensure that it reaches as wide an audience as possible.

Advice and resources can be accessed for free via the Webwise Parent Hub: webwise.ie/parents.

Event – Recent national research undertaken on behalf of NACOS by Professor Brian O’Neill highlights a gap in perception between children and their parents regarding how children interact with the online environment, the nature of their experiences, both positive and negative, and the nature and prevalence of parental mediation of children’s interaction with the online environment.

In response to the above, Webwise and the National Parents Council will host an event on Safer Internet Day to explore and unpack some of the emerging themes from the research with the aim of offering some possible solutions or recommendations for further exploration. The event will include an expert panel discussion featuring the National Parents Council, Professor Brian O’Neill, Child Psychologist Colman Noctor and Webwise Youth Panel members. The event will be open to all stakeholders to attend.

Sign up for Safer Internet Day – Webwise send free online safety packs to any school, organisation, club, or groups taking part in Safer Internet Day. If you are planning to do something to mark #SID2022, share your plans with us and we will send you out free wristbands for your participants. Sign-up at www.webwise.ie/saferinternetday/.

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. These resources can be accessed for free via webwise.ie and we also send out hard copies to schools.

SID Ambassador Training Programme – The SID Ambassador Training Programme takes place across five webinars and will equip students with the knowledge and skills to lead their own online safety campaign in their school or community. More than 100 students from schools across Ireland are taking part.

Spread the word – Help us to reach more people in Ireland and support Safer Internet Day by highlighting it on your website and social media channels. Webwise has a dedicated Safer Internet Day Hub with ideas and resources to help anyone who is planning a SID event: visit www.webwise.ie/saferinternetday/. Relevant tags: @WebwiseIreland #SaferInternetDay #SID2022 #TalkListenLearn.

 

What we are doing to support the SID 2022 slogan of "Together for a better internet"…

Parents have a vital role to play in helping their child to have safe and positive experiences online. It is important for parents to talk to their child, and also to listen to what their child has to say and to learn about their experiences online.

Webwise will be calling people in Ireland to get together for a better internet and to encourage regular and open conversations between parents and children, and support families to #TalkListenLearn.

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.

Webwise is part of the PDST Technology in Education, which promotes and supports the integration of Digital Technology in teaching and learning in first and second level schools. The PDST Technology in Education is a section of the Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST). The PDST is a support service of the Teacher Education Section, Department of Education and Skills and is hosted by Dublin West Education Centre.

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.

Additional links/resources

Website
https://www.webwise.ie

Email address
internetsafety@pdst.ie

Contact name
Jane McGarrigle

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