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Teaching Internet Safety in the (Post Primary) SPHE Classroom

Course Details


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Course dates

19-08-2022 to 26-05-2023

Study time

3 hours over 2-3 weeks

Target audience

Post primary teachers who want to include internet safety in their implementation of the SPHE curriculum or within a TY module



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.

Webwise resources featured in this course deal with topics such as sharing inappropriate images, online harassment and developing more positive relationships with each other.

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.


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


A course certificate is provided upon completion of this course.

You may be able to consider this course for Croke Park hours, subject to school management approval, particularly in relation to up to ten ‘Croke Park’ hours that may be allowed for potential individual/small group use (Circular 0042/2016 Primary and Circular 045/2016 Post Primary).

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This course opens for enrolment and access for the 2022/23 school year in late August.

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