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Safer Internet Day

Tuesday 9th February was internet Safety day!

Yes, it’s been a whole year since we first published our internet safety contract. And what a year it has been.

Given the remote-work and home-school environment that many of us are experiencing, we thought it a good idea to refresh everyone with the resources that are available to help make the Internet experience safer.

Many households will be experiencing a lot more screen time during this difficult time. Accordingly, there may be value in sitting down together down and reviewing your contract for Internet usage as a family. It may help to just refresh some of the etiquette involved by being a good digital citizen. The current contract is available here. We hope that you find this document useful as a guideline for any conversations that you might wish to have.

In conjunction with this, there are some really useful sites available.

Webwise has several resources available, for both parents and children. In addition, they have some videos that should prove useful for internet safety day: click here .

In addition, the National Parents Council (NPC) have an Internet Safety video. To mark Internet Safety Day NPC are running free online interactive workshops on “Keeping your child safe online” during internet safety week. This programme will give you practical information and supports to help you as a parent in this vital role. It will help you better understand that your parenting skills are key to keeping your child safe and it will also look at some of the evidence about how children in Ireland are spending their time on-line. it will also examine some of the risks and benefits for children online.

The sessions will take place online via Zoom at 10am on Monday to Friday, and 8pm on Monday to Thursday, starting Monday the 8th. Just click on the link below to register.

Each session will have limited numbers for discussion and questions. Places will be offered on a first come first serve basis.

We hope you find this useful. Wishing everyone ongoing safe internet experience.