Connect with Respect

Connect with Respect, developed in partnership with Webwise,

addresses the topic of cyberbullying, and aims to try to prevent this
behaviour from happening and to empower pupils to respond effectively

if cyberbullying and harassment does occur. The lesson is designed to

help students at the Junior end of post-primary, between the ages

of 12-14, to understand the impact of their actions and that it may in

fact constitute cyberbullying and online harassment. It aims to help

students recognise that online harassment and cyberbullying is not

acceptable and in some cases is a criminal offence.


This page contains supporting materials for the resource including

the PowerPoint Presentation, the Connected short film, the quiz,

and the follow-up lesson.

The Garda Post Primary Schools’ Programme

The Garda Post Primary Schools Programme (formally the Garda Secondary Schools Programme) is a continuation of the relationships built at primary school level. Gardaí will aim to visit each class once in every academic year. The topics delivered in the post primary programme are; personal safety, substance use, diversity/human rights, consequences of antisocial behaviour and assaults, sexual offences and internet safety.

Connect with Respect Lesson

+Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to recognise what online harassment and cyberbullying looks like and understand that it is not acceptable. Students will explore the impact of cyberbullying and online harassment on young people. They will be able to identify ways of responding effectively if they are affected by online harassment and cyberbullying.

+Indicators of Wellbeing

– Aware

– Connected

– Responsible

– Resilient

– Respected

+Curriculum links

Social Personal and Health Education.
Junior Cycle Specification: Strand 2: Minding myself and others.

2.10 Describe appropriate responses to incidents of bullying
2.11 Appraise the roles of participants and bystanders in incidents of bullying.

Respectful Communication
2.8 Use the skills of actively listening and responding appropriately in a variety of contexts
2.9 Use good communication skills to respond to criticism and conflict.

+Resources needed

– PowerPoint presentation with Connected video
(available at

–  A set of pre-printed and cut out App matching cards (Appendix 4).

–  Copies of worksheets 1, 2 and 3.

+Embedding Digital Technologies

Schools with access to digital devices (e.g. tablets, laptops, phones etc) can integrate these into the activities. These options are marked on the handbook.


Pair matching activity, quiz, video analysis, group work.

+Things to consider
– Preparation is required before delivering the lesson. Use the checklist inside the booklet to help prepare for the talk.

– It is advisable to read the guidelines and meet with the school before delivering this lesson (See p.5-8). Before leading any of the activities included in this resource, it is important that you have established clear ground rules with the class and that students see the SPHE class as an open and caring environment.

– Take the time to outline the supports available to students (both inside and outside of school), should they be affected by any of the issues discussed in the class and need to talk to someone.

– Highlight the fact that if there are any disclosures indicating abuse or underage sexual activity, you are obliged to report the incident.

–  Avoid discussing cases familiar to the students,focus discussions on the story presented inthe lessons.

Connect with Respect Presentation

Scripted PowerPoint Presentation for use in the Connect with Respect lesson.


Connected Short Film

Based on real life experiences, Connected is a short film exploring how young people communicate and connect online.

Quiz - The Law, the Internet and Me!

The Connect with Respect quiz can be done digitally online, and it is available on Kahoot and called “The Law, the internet, and me!”.




Connect with Respect Follow on Lesson

This SPHE lesson is specifically designed to follow on from the Connect with Respect talk. The lesson examines the roles of the different people involved in bullying and how bystanders can be encouraged to intervene. The lesson aims to enable students to develop responsible decision-making when they witness it taking place.

Be in Ctrl

The Connect with Respect lesson can be followed on using the Be in Ctrl Garda Schools talk. Be in Ctrl developed in partnership with Webwise is a Junior Cycle SPHE resource addressing the issue of online sexual coercion and extortion of young people. It aims to inform students of this crime, raise awareness of safe online behaviour and empower young people to seek help and report incidents to the Gardaí. This lesson will give students an opportunity to recognise that online sexual coercion and extortion of children is a crime, to raise awareness of safe online communication and promote help seeking and reporting.

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Teaching Resources

Webwise develop and disseminate free resources that help teachers integrate internet safety into
teaching and learning in their schools. The resources address a range of key topics, and hard copies can be ordered for free. The Garda Schools Programme lessons should complement school engagement on the topic of online safety. Remind teachers of the FREE resources available on to support additional lessons on the topic.

Webwise Parents

Webwise provides a range of supports available for parents including expert advice videos, explainer guides, talking points, free resources and checklists. Webwise provides a range of supports available for parents including expert advice videos, explainer
guides, talking points, free resources and checklists.

Remind schools about the Webwise Parents Hub, offering free advice and resources for parents on a range of online safety topics and issues available at

Talk to someone

Worried about something you have seen online or concerned about your child? Childline and the National Parents Council Primary offer free advice and support service.

Childline is a support service for young people up to the age of 18.There is a 24hr telephone, online and mobile phone texting service.

Get started

The National Parents Council Primary enables and empowers parents to be effective partners in their children’s education.

01 887 4477

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