SID 2020 in Ireland - Teaching respect online with "Connected"

  • Awareness
  • 20/12/2019
  • Irish Safer Internet Centre

The Irish Safer Internet Centre (SIC) introduces "Connected", a short film they produced, exploring how young people communicate and connect online.

Based on real life experiences, "Connected" encourages young people to reflect on why their actions matter and the impact they can have on others. We shape the internet everyday with our interactions. You can play a part in creating a better, connected online world.

The Irish SIC asked young people to share their online experiences and the majority of teenagers told them that being so connected was one of their favourite things about the internet. The "Connected" campaign encourages young people to make their connections online matter and practice respectful communication with their peers. The film looks at four different stories and experiences, and carries an important message: be more mindful in your everyday communications.

Connected from PDST Technology in Education on Vimeo.

Managing your online wellbeing

Our overall wellbeing is based on the emotional and physical experiences we have. As technology is a significant part of life, it is also important to recognise the impact it can have on how we feel. This is called our "digital" or "online wellbeing" and is essentially about being aware of how being online can make us feel, and making sure that we look after ourselves and other people. This can include paying attention to the impact it has on our mental or physical health, and knowing how to cope with difficult experiences.

For advice on managing your online well-being, visit webwise.ie.

Dealing with online harassment

For the vast majority of people, the internet provides a positive and very useful experience. However, cyberbullying or online harassment are things that can potentially affect anyone. It can also take different forms, from the annoying, to the traumatic – and everything in between. Experiencing online harassment can have a huge impact, both emotionally and physically, on the victim.

For advice on dealing with online harassment, visit webwise.ie.

Pictures of the Irish SIC's Connected campaign

Respectful online communication

For most of us, online connections have transformed our daily lives, opening up a world of amazing opportunities. However, no matter who we are or where we are, we are all digital citizens, and how we act can have a big influence on everyone else.

For tips on being a good digital citizen, visit webwise.ie.

Become a Webwise Parent

The best way parents can help their child make the most of their time online is by engaging in regular conversations. The Webwise Parents Hub offers free, expert advice on how to start those conversations, explainers on popular apps, advice on social media and image-sharing and how to guides.

Get started on the webwise.ie website.

Where to get help and support

  • ISPCC Childline – Childline is a support service for young people up to the age of 18. There is a 24/7 telephone, online and mobile phone texting service.
  • An Garda Síochána – An Garda Síochána is the national police service of Ireland.
  • SpunOut – SpunOut.ie is Ireland's youth information website created by young people, for young people.

To learn more about other forms of support, visit webwise.ie.

Find out more information about the work of the Irish Safer Internet Centre (SIC) generally, including its awareness raising, helpline, hotline and youth participation services on the Better Internet for Kids (BIK) portal, or find similar information for Safer Internet Centres throughout Europe.


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