Teaching Internet Safety in the (Post Primary) SPHE Classroom (online)

This course aims to provide you with the skills and confidence to raise awareness and prevent potentially harmful online behaviour by your students through your implementation of the SPHE curriculum at Junior Cycle, TY and Senior Cycle levels. You will use and adapt free Webwise resources that engage pupils on topics that are relevant to their lives and important to their wellbeing. (The Webwise resources deal with topics such as sharing inappropriate images, online harassment and developing more positive relationships with each other.)

Duration3 hours over 2-3 weeks
Skill LevelBasic
Target AudiencePost primary teachers who want to include internet safety in their implementation of the SPHE curriculum or within a TY module.
PrerequisitesBasic ICT skills. Participants should have experience of carrying out basic ICT tasks (opening, editing, saving, closing files) and be proficient in using an Internet browser.

Online course availability, requirements and access

The course is delivered via TeacherCPD.ie. First, check the TeacherCPD.ie Course Schedule for information on available dates. Enrolment links appear on TeacherCPD.ie once the course is open for enrolment (login first, then see the link labelled “Find links to enrol, here”).

Technical Requirements: A good broadband internet connection and a laptop, desktop pc or tablet (with the latest version of Chrome, Firefox or Safari installed).

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this lesson, you should be able to:

  • Take action in the classroom to raise awareness and prevent potentially harmful online behaviour.
  • Enable learners to understand risks and threats in digital environments.
  • Enable learners to protect themselves and others from possible dangers in digital environments.
  • Select suitable resources to address relevant internet safety topics and implement the SPHE curriculum.
  • Modify and edit an existing digital resource considering your specific learning context and learning objective.
  • React immediately and effectively when learners’ wellbeing is threatened in digital environments.


Course Content

The course content includes:

  • An online interactive lesson, including familiarisation with Webwise resources.
  • A good practice video showing how a school uses Webwise resources and participates in Safer Internet Day.
  • An interview with an SPHE curriculum expert.
  • A classroom-based activity, adapting an online internet safety resource for use in your school context.
  • A reflection component and discussion with other course participants.