NYCI is delighted to support Safer Internet Day! Although Safer Internet Day undoubtedly focuses us annually on the importance of staying safe online, understanding how the internet works and how to get the best and most positive experience from it is increasingly an all year round (and daily!) endeavour. It is especially important to ensure children and young people are safe in the online world and we want to support the youth workers in their lives by giving them the knowledge and tools to do this.
With the generous support of Accenture, NYCI has recently facilitated the delivery of a month-long course developed by CyberSafeKids, covering all the major aspects of Developing Digital Media Literacy and how to better develop it in our young people. The first iteration of the course finished in December, and the pilot project will be completed by the end of January; over 60 NYCI-affiliated youth workers will have been successfully trained through these two courses. This project grew initially from previous collaborations with CyberSafeKids, an Irish charity which has been delivering online safety education to children and adults since 2015.