Safer Internet Day 2016

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On Tuesday, February 9th Ireland joined more than 100 other countries in celebrating Safer Internet Day 2016 to promote a better internet. This was the thirteenth year of the event and this year’s call to action is, ‘Play your part for a better internet’.

 

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On Tuesday, February 9th Ireland joined more than 100 other countries in celebrating Safer Internet Day 2016 to promote a better internet. This was the thirteenth year of the event and this year’s call to action is, ‘Play your part for a better internet’.

You can get involved by doing something in your school. We have put together a range of activities for all ages that you can use to celebrate Safer Internet Day. All schools taking part will be sent a pack including free wristbands and badges (please note that these packs will be distributed on a first come, first served basis and will be available only while stocks last). Your event will also be included in our interactive map, and details of it will be sent out to local media. All you need to do is tell us what you are doing by completing this short form before the 2nd February.

To support schools dealing with the complex issues around explicit self-generated images of minors, we are organising a symposium for school leaders in the Royal Irish Academy on Monday 8th February. There will be inputs from curriculum, policy, legal, and law enforcement experts. We have a limited number of tickets available for school leaders interested in attending this symposium. The event will also be streamed live. You can register to attend the symposium or the webcast here.

A new resource to support schools will be launched at the symposium for school leaders. Lockers is an information and education resource for schools that assists them in coping with and preventing incidents involving the sharing of explicit self-generated images of minors. It was produced by the Webwise internet safety initiative of the Professional Development Service for Teachers, in collaboration with the Special Education Support Service, the Inspectorate in the Department of Education and Skills, the HSE Crisis Pregnancy Programme, Pauline Walley SC, Brian Hallissey BL, and An Garda Siochána. You can pre-order Lockers here.

Here is a summary of ways you can get involved in Safer Internet Day 2016:

  • Try out one of these Safer Internet Day activities for schools. From School Selfies to a maths exercise on what happens when photos go viral, there's something for everybody.
  • Encourage your students to use the internet to share positive content with the #Up2Us Competition. To be in with a chance of winning a GoPro camera all you need to do is share a photo to #UP2US on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram that shows what you are doing for Safer Internet Day.
  • Let us know how your school or organisation will mark the day and get free wristbands and badges for everyone involved, in return.

We really hope that your school will join us in celebrating Safer Internet Day 2016. 

Webwise is an initiative of the Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST)

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