Think B4U Click and

Think B4U Click 150x100 image Every second level school in the State is to receive a copy of a new teaching resource that urges students to take responsibility for their privacy online. Jointly developed by the National Centre for Technology in Education (NCTE) and the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) for use on the Junior Certificate CSPE curriculum, Think Before You Click explores online privacy issues and encourages young people to take steps to protect their own privacy, and that of their classmates.

Launched today (Friday, 30 October 2009), at the Office of the Ombudsman for Children (Millennium House, 52-56 Great Strand Street, Dublin 1), Think Before You Click was developed with the cooperation of the Second Level Support Service and the Curriculum Development Unit. It is the first educational resource on this subject specifically designed for the Junior Certificate civics curriculum.

Speaking at the launch, ICCL Director Mr. Mark Kelly said:

“While young people enjoy the tremendous benefits of online access they also run risks to their personal privacy that are less well-known and understood. Think Before You Click is designed to empower young people to become effective, safe and autonomous users of the internet and other new media.”

Mr. Jerome Morrissey, Director of the NCTE added:

“Young people are enthusiastic about actively sharing personal information and opinion online, and often see online fora as private, and free from adult control. Despite the great advantages of the internet to young people, there are also risks, and balancing empowerment and protection is crucial. Think Before You Click strikes this balance, demonstrating to young people the power of new media for creativity, education and socializing, while also highlighting the need to use this technology wisely”.



‘Think before you click’ has been specifically designed for teachers of Junior Certificate CSPE who wish to explore the issue of online privacy in the context of online rights and responsibilities. The ultimate aim of this resource is to empower students to be effective, autonomous and safe users of new media.

This resource sets out to make students aware that when online, just as in all other aspects of their lives, individuals have human rights. Everyone is
responsible for their actions towards other people and for the safeguarding of other people’s rights. This is particularly pertinent in the more interactive realm of Web 2.0 where online communities are largely unregulated and rely on the community members to moderate them by reporting inaccuracies, potentially defamatory comments, and posting of inappropriate content.

The methodology employed by this resource guides students through the issuesusing active methods to stimulate discussion and allows students the space to consider how these issues affect them personally, how to assert their online rights, and how to respect the rights of their peers.

The resource consists of 10 lessons which follow sequentially. However it is intended that the lessons could be adapted at the teacher’s discretion. Each class comprises aims, learning outcomes, CSPE and ICT curriculum mapping and a step by step guide. Several of the lessons include worksheets and in-class handouts which teachers are invited to photocopy for distribution in class.

An additional comprehension exercise entitled Watch Your Space is included after the class plans, along with a comprehensive outline of how to carry out two action projects – an Internet Safety Survey and Creating a Charter of Online Rights and Responsibilities.

The appendix contains a range of further information for teachers, designed to facilitate classes and to help answer students’ questions.

This resource pack can also be downloaded at