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Developing Digital Media Literacy from CyberSafeKids! 2 week FREE course!

February 20 @ 11:00 am - February 29 @ 8:30 pm GMT

For the third year running NYCI’s Child Protection Programme is delighted to partner with CyberSafeKids and offer their Developing Digital Media Literacy course to the youth work sector! The course has been updated and is now delivered over two sessions of 90 minutes each and provides participants with an opportunity to develop the increasingly vital skills of digital media literacy in your work. This course is FREE for youth workers and those working or volunteering  directly with young people in youth work settings.

The course is an online commitment of 90 minutes per week, for two weeks. No prior expertise in digital media literacy or online safety is required- just basic digital skills. In 2022 there were lots of requests from volunteers to attend the course, so this year we are offering two opportunities to avail of it; one during the day and one in the evening.

The aim of this course is to support youth workers and volunteers to enhance your awareness and skills development in digital media literacy so that you can apply and share this learning in your work and explore strategies for empowering the young people you work with to use technology in a stronger, smarter, and safer way.

The course will cover the following:


  • Workshop One: Tuesday 20th February 11am – 12.30pm
    Critical Thinking & Digital Health
  • Workshop Two: Tuesday 27th February 11am – 12.30pm
    Digital Reputation & Cyberbullying


  • Workshop One: Thursday 22nd February 7pm – 8.30pm
    Critical Thinking & Digital Health
  • Workshop Two: Thursday 29th February 7pm – 8.30pm
    Digital Reputation & Cyberbullying

The course is delivered online as 2 short interactive workshops.


Date & time

Daytime course: Tuesdays 20th & 27th February 2024 11am – 12.30pm

Evening course: Thursdays 22nd & 29th February 2024 7pm – 8.30pm






Online via Zoom

Link will be shared with participants when places are confirmed.


  • To provide leaders in the youth work sector with the opportunity to enhance their knowledge of digital media literacy and how it relates to youth work.
  • To support participants to bring their learning back to their organisation and to share this learning with the young people they work with.
  • To raise awareness of the current challenges that young people face online and to provide guidance relevant to your work.
  • To provide the opportunity to explore strategies for engaging in young people’s digital lives and empowering them to use technology in a stronger, smarter, and safer way.
  • To gain feedback from participants on their experiences and learning.


Participants will gain:

  • A stronger understanding of digital media literacy and how to better navigate the online world.
  • The ability to cascade their learning by engaging in discussions and information-sharing on the topic with the young people you work with.

Designed for

  • Youth workers
  • Youth work leaders and volunteers working in a youth work organisation

Learning Outcomes

This course focuses on developing participants’ Digital Media Literacy. It will be divided into two interactive, 90 minute workshops (plus Q&A). Participants will get the chance to comment, ask questions and work on group tasks set by the facilitator. Each workshop is accompanied by a set of follow-on activities and resources. It is intended that these be utilised by the participants’ to help develop the digital media literacy skills of the children they work with. All participants are required to complete a qualitative feedback evaluation on the course.

The key learnings for each session will include:

Workshop 1: Critical Thinking and Digital Health
● Different types of online information
● How to recognise false information
● Algorithms and targeting
● Managing Digital Health

Workshop 2: Digital Reputation and Cyberbullying
● Loss of privacy online
● The consequences of digital permanency
● Creating a positive digital footprint
● Cyberbullying and how to combat it

● Policies and the legal landscape

Extra information


This course is a dedicated opportunity for individuals who work or volunteer in the youth work sector in Ireland. We will not accept registrations from individuals who do not meet the criteria. No expertise in digital media literacy is required!


You will get to take part in 2 online workshops (90 minutes each). The workshops will give opportunity for further learning and resources connected to the course material. Each workshop is 90 mins and then there will be 10-15 mins for Q&A and to complete evaluations. Each workshop is accompanied by a set of follow-on activities and resources. It is intended that these will be utilised by participants to help develop the digital media literacy skills of the young people they work with.


No. You must sign up individually so please encourage your colleagues to register for a place!


We want to offer this course to as many participants as possible! If you try to book and the course is full, please contact Olwyn@nyci.ie. We will add you to our waitlist in case of any cancellations. If you register and are no longer able to attend please email Olwyn@nyci.ie to let her know so we can offer your place to others.

About CyberSafeKids

Established in 2015, CyberSafeKids is an Irish registered charity which works to empower children, parents and teachers to navigate the online world in a safe and responsible manner. Our founders and staff have backgrounds in cybercrime investigation, law enforcement, forensic psychology, education, online child protection, academia and the not-for-profit sector. We can see on a daily basis how technology plays an increasingly important and integral part of both their present, and future lives. It is being used more and more widely in schools. Whilst we view this as a positive, empowering development, even a standard smartphone can potentially allow a child to take risks which were unthinkable 20 years ago.

To date, the charity has spoken directly to almost 40,000 children and to 9,000 parents. Based in robust global research, our educational sessions provide practical advice on how to embrace the opportunities for learning and enjoyment that technology can deliver, whilst equipping them with the tools to avoid harm. We want children to be able to embrace the opportunities for learning and enjoyment that technology can deliver, but we recognise that as parents and educators we have a responsibility to equip them with the tools to stay safe and avoid harm.






About the National Child Protection Programme

The NYCI National Child Protection Programme supports and resources the youth work sector to meet its child safeguarding and child protection responsibilities. This is achieved through the provision of training, the development of resource materials, support and guidance, and advocacy. The programme is funded by the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth (DCEDIY).


Delivered by

CyberSafeKids www.cybersafekids.ie

Please check which Workshop you would like to attend:(Required)


February 20 @ 11:00 am GMT
February 29 @ 8:30 pm GMT
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National Youth Council of Ireland
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