Next Tuesday is ‘Safer Internet Day’ – part of a global drive to promote a safer internet for all users, especially young people.
The event has been celebrated in Ireland since 2004 and support continues to grow year on year. The theme this year is ‘Creating a Better Internet Together’.
Organisations across the country will be getting involved; running information sessions for parents, giving talks in schools, hosting workshops, and generally encouraging safer and more positive use of the internet by children. You can find out what is going on by visiting www.saferinternetday.ie.
Webwise will be coordinating a nationwide campaign that encourages young people to do something positive to help combat online bullying. The key campaign messages are that bullying affects us all; it won’t go away if we do nothing. But it can if we do something
They will reach out to young people and encourage them to address the issue of cyber bullying themselves by leading awareness raising campaigns in their schools, and communities. They will provide support, inspiration and resources to students as they take ownership of the problem of cyber bullying and make a stand against it through developing their own creative and innovative campaigns.
Webwise have developed a resource pack containing awareness raising collateral, a new teaching resource for dealing with the issue of cyber bullying through the SPHE curriculum in post primary schools and an innovative interactive poster initiative. The pack will challenge young people to find new ways to use the internet and social media to stand up to bullying and show solidarity with victims. You can get more details at www.watchyourspace.ie.