Based on real life experiences, Connected is a short film exploring how young people communicate and connect online. The film encourages young people to reflect on why their actions matter and the impact it can have on others. We shape the internet everyday with our interactions. You can play a part in creating a better, connected online world.
We asked young people to share their online experiences and the majority of teens told us that being so connected was one of their favourite things about the internet. The Connected campaign encourages young people to make their connections online matter and practice respectful communication with their peers. The film looks at four different stories and experiences and carries an important message to be more mindful in our everyday communications.
Managing your online wellbeing
Our overall wellbeing is based on the emotional and physical experiences that we have. As technology is a significant part of life, it is also important to recognise the impact it can have on how we feel. This is called our ‘digital or online wellbeing’, and is essentially about being aware of how being online can make us feel, and making sure that we look after ourselves and other people. This can include paying attention to the impact it has on our mental, or physical health, and knowing how to cope with difficult experiences.
For advice on managing your online wellbeing click here.
Dealing with online harassment
For the vast majority of people the internet provides a positive and very useful experience. However, cyberbullying or online harassment is something that can potentially affect anyone. It can also take different forms from the annoying, to the traumatic – and everything in between. Experiencing online harassment can have a huge impact both emotionally and physically on the victim.
For advice on dealing with online harassment click here.
Respectful Online Communication
For most of us online connections have transformed our daily lives, opening up a world of amazing opportunities. However, no matter who we are or where we are, we are all digital citizens, and how we act can have a big influence on everyone else.
For tips on being a good digital citizen click here.
Be a Webwise Parent
The best way parents can help their child make the most of their time online is by engaging in regular conversations. The Webwise Parents Hub offers free, expert advice on how to start those conversations, explainers on popular apps, advice on social media and image-sharing and how to guides.
Get started here.
Where to get Help and Support
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.
An Garda Síochána
An Garda Síochána is the national police service of Ireland.
SpunOut.ie is Ireland’s youth information website created by young people, for young people.
Other supports click here.