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SID 2018 Ambassador Programme now open, Explained: What is Snap Map?, What is Fake News?, Dealing with cyber-bullying in schools; launch of Webwise Parents, a new online information hub for parents and Is the Blue Whale Game a Hoax?


SID 2018 Ambassador Programme now open

We are recruiting teenagers to lead Safer Internet Day activities on February 6th, 2018. Webwise is reaching out to post-primary studentswebwise_SID2018_Ambassador_Programme and encouraging and supporting them to address the issue of cyber bullying and internet safety by leading awareness raising campaigns in their clubs, schools, and communities. Nominate a Safer Internet Day Youth Ambassador who has the passion to lead a campaign. We’ll then train your Youth Ambassador to make Safer Internet Day a success in your school.

Explained: What is Snap Map?
The latest update from Snapchat includes a new location sharing feature. webwise_snapmapSnap Map allows you to see where your Snapchat contacts are, share your current location and view Snaps from nearby-Snapchat users or users at a specific event or location. The location sharing feature is available to users around the world. Snap Map uses mobile phone technology to find out where its users are and then draws them on a map in real time.

AUP Generator tool for schools

An Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) is an important document which governs webwise_AUP_Generator_toolstudents’ use of the internet at school and covers a wide range of issues surrounding the rights, responsibilities and privileges – as well as sanctions – connected with computer use. Creating an AUP is vital for your school. The team at Webwise have developed an Acceptable Use Policy Generator which is FREE for all schools to use.

Explained: What is fake news?

webwise-fake-newsFake news is news, stories or hoaxes created to deliberately misinform or deceive readers. Usually, these stories are created to either influence people’s views, push a political agenda or cause confusion and can often be a profitable business for online publishers.

Many people now get news from social media sites and networks and often it can be difficult to tell whether stories are credible or not. Information overload and a general lack of understanding about how the internet works by people has also contributed to an increase in fake news or hoax stories.

Webwise wants to hear from you!

webwise-wants-to-hear-from-youWebwise are currently in the process of reviewing webwise.ie and would love to get feedback from you on how they can make the site better. They have created a short survey where you can leave feedback and comments on your webwise.ie experience.

Simply fill out the survey via the link below and as a thank you for helping review the site, everyone who completes the survey by June 19th will be entered into a draw for a €50 gift voucher.

Managing screentime during school holidays

webwise-Managing-screentimeWith the summer holidays almost here, managing screen time in the home can be a big concern for many parents. The most important thing is to set clear boundaries on screen time and set a good example.

As digital media become integrated into all aspects of daily life, it is more important to think about what your child is doing online and who they are doing it with than to consider arbitrary rules about time.

Dealing with cyber-bullying in schools

Schools already deal with bullying through anti-bullying policies and procedures, but cyber-bullying presents new challenges. As a teacher or school staff member, there are things you can do in the battle against online bullying. Get advice on how schools can deal with cyber-bullying.

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Webwise recently launched a new online information hub for parents. Webwise Parents offers advice and support for parents including video interviews with parenting experts and talking points on topics that can be difficult to discuss with children including sexting and online pornography.

Is the Blue Whale Game a Hoax?
The Blue Whale Game (an online challenge game) has made news headlines across Europe recently with many police forces warning of the dangers of the game and raising concern among parents. Following a recent meeting of the Insafe helpline network, our colleagues in Europe acknowledged “that although Blue Whale may have initially been a hoax or fake news, it is now becoming problematic.” Media interest and warnings from police about the game have sparked criticism, claiming these messages have helped promote a fake news story.

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