NYCI is delighted to support Safer Internet Day! We all have a role to play in helping to empower and support children and young people to use the internet and digital technologies safely, responsibly, and positively. Each year, thousands of people in Ireland play their part by participating in the Safer Internet Day celebrations. The internet is an integral part of the lives of children and young people, so NYCI believes it is vital we support safe and responsible usage in the online world. Youth Workers are aptly placed to #TalkListenLearn with the young people in their services and have conversations with children and young people about their online lives.
Schools, clubs and organisations from all over the country are running awareness raising activities for #SID2022. If you are planning to mark Safer Internet Day, share your plans and be included in the Safer Internet Day events map Ireland – participants will also receive a free SID Pack and wristbands for those taking part. Ideas and free resources to help with your activities are available on the Webwise Safer Internet Day Hub at webwise.ie/saferinternetday.
The #TalkListenLearn campaign by Webwise and the National Parents Council Primary for Safer Internet Day is supporting parents by encouraging families to have regular and open conversations about life online. Research by the National Advisory Council for Online Safety highlights that there is a gap in perception between children and their parents regarding how children interact with the online environment, the nature of their experiences, both positive and negative, and the nature and prevalence of parental mediation of children’s interaction with the online environment. The #TalkListenLearn aims to promote the importance of talking to your child, but also listening to their opinions and learning about their life online to help ensure that they have a safe and positive experience. Webwise has a range of useful materials including:
- Toolkit for Parents
- Webwise Parent Guide Booklet
- Talking Points for Parents
- #TalkListenLearn Topic Generator – a new tool to encourage families to have more open conversations.
Participants run a wide range of events and activities to mark Safer Internet Day and raise awareness of the importance of having a safe and positive experience online. From hosting a coffee morning to sharing information and resources, there are lots of ways to take part – visit the Webwise Safer Internet Day Hub at webwise.ie/saferinternetday for ideas about what you could do; to register for your free #SID2022 pack and wristbands; to access free resources; and to learn more about the #TalkListenLearn campaign.