Safer Internet Day 2018 in Ireland

  • Awareness
  • 21/02/2018
  • Irish Safer Internet Centre

Following Safer Internet Day 2018, we've heard from a number of SID Committees on how they marked the day. In Ireland, on Safer Internet Day 2018, Webwise Ireland launched a new educational resource called "Be In Ctrl". This new post-primary resource was created in partnership with the Irish Police, An Garda Síochána and was developed to support teachers as they address the topic of online sexual coercion and extortion.

The launch consisted of a series of talks from PDST, members of An Garda Síochána and a Youth Panel discussion with our MC for the event Jess Kelly from Newstalk. Read our youth panellist Siofra's account of the day here

As part of this campaign, we asked our Safer Internet Day Ambassadors and youth panellists to get involved. Together, we created a campaign video giving advice of how young people could #BeInCtrl of their online lives. This positive message campaign was really successful and was shown at the launch of the resource, along with a youth panel discussion. See the video below:

#BeInCtrl >>> Safer Internet Day 2018 from PDST Technology in Education on Vimeo.

Safer Internet Day celebrations from across Ireland
Safer Internet Day was celebrated on 6 February 2018 in Ireland and in over 140 countries around the world. This year saw our highest number of participants to date.

Across Ireland, there were over 475 Safer Internet Day events in schools and organisations involving more than 102,000 people. This year we saw a wide range of activities taking place from hosting workshops to cart-wheels, topics being addressed across the country include image sharing, screen time, social media use, fake news, net neutrality, cyberbullying and much more. Young people have come up with some wonderful ideas for Safer Internet Day 2018. 

Here's just a small taster of how schools, youth groups and organisations across Ireland marked Safer Internet Day:

Safer Internet Day Around Ireland 2018 from PDST Technology in Education on Vimeo.

And that's not all...
Lots of partners, organisations, and companies got on board for Safer Internet Day too! The Better Internet for Kids (BIK) project, delivered in partnership with the Insafe network of Safer Internet Centres, released their new and updated Online Safety MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) on Safer Internet Day 2018. The funding was provided by the European Commission's Connecting Europe Facility (CEF). This MOOC is aimed at teachers wanting to know more about online safety, so sign up now!

Cybersafe Ireland launched a new leaflet for parents on how to talk to children about technology. They also released the results of their annual survey on children's use of the internet.

GoogleForEducation showcased their new resources at the NAPD Online Safety Symposium in the run-up to Safer Internet Day: a primary-level game called Interland and a Digital Citizenship and Safety course for teachers.

See the Safer Internet Day profile page for Ireland for further information.


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