Safer Internet Day 2024 in Ireland
Thousands of people in schools, clubs and organisations around Ireland are taking part in the Safer Internet Day 2024 celebrations!
This year’s theme is Tech in Our World – exploring young people’s views on new and emerging technology, and the changes they would like to see online. 2023 has seen lots of big changes in the online world with the birth of generative AI, important new EU and national regulation, the appointment of an online safety commissioner in Ireland.
This Safer Internet Day Webwise are encouraging schools, children, teens, parents to:
– Reflect: An opportunity to reflect on tech in their world, the challenges, opportunities and big changes.
– Recognise: Give learners an understanding of the influence of digital technology in their daily life, exploring the concept persuasive design and the influence of algorithms.
– Reset: Learn tips to help reset our online experiences and empower young people to make the most of their online world
There is still time to get involved and participate in one of the many activities taking place – here are some of the events happening for #SID2024.
Safer Internet Day: Tech in Our World event – live stream
What do young people think of new and emerging technology?
The Safer Internet Day 2024: Tech in Our World event at #MSDreamSpace explored young people’s views on new and emerging technology, and the changes they would like to see online, and will be live-streamed for students and teachers to view and participate in.
Hosted by Claire Brock (Virgin Media) the event featured contributions from the Webwise Youth Advisory Panel, Online Safety Commissioner; Niamh Hodnett, National Technology Officer; Microsoft – Kieran McCorry and Dr Emma Murphy; School of Computer Science – TU Dublin.
More than 100 people at the in-person event, and many more online, took part in discussions which explored some of the opportunities and challenges as they relate to the role of the internet in young people’s lives.
Ahead of the event, children and young people from Ireland, Wales, and England told us about the one change they would like to see online.
This event is organised by the Irish Safer Internet Centre
The Irish Safer Internet Centre is a partnership of four leading organisations – Webwise, Hotline.ie, ISPCC and National Parents Council Primary, with a mission to make the Internet a better place for children and young people, under the coordination of the Department of Justice – Cybercrime Division
Safer Internet Day events around Ireland
Hundreds of events in schools, clubs and organisations will be taking place right across the country for Safer Internet Day.
Here are just some of the highlights!
- Sacred Heart School: Safer Internet Day plans include a rap performance, workshop on internet safety, cake baking with an internet safety theme, poster competition, AI survey, AI picture game and real-life story, online presence demonstration, interactive presentation and activities, surprise from the SID team, debate club discussions, safety tips, social media awareness, and a checklist. We aim to empower students with online safety knowledge.
- St. Colmcille School: We intend to join the live-stream of the Safer Internet Day “Tech in Our World” event and use the free Webwise resources for school.
- Leixlip YouthReach: A joint project between teachers of IT and SPHE to cover Coco’s Law and the complexity that the Internet has brought to the important relationships in our lives.
- YouthReach Transition Centre: Students will learn about their digital footprint, laws around smishing, phishing, cocos law, cyberbullies
Visit the interactive SID Events Map to view what happened in your area, and to share your own plans to promote a safer and better internet on Safer Internet Day!
Safer Internet Day 2024 Ambassadors
More than 100 students from schools across Ireland took part in this year’s Webwise SID Ambassador Programme. This year the training programme had a hybrid format with two online training session, and an in-person training day which took place in Google HQ in Dublin. The training day also featured a youth-led discussion about this year’s #SID2024 theme “Tech in Our World”, with special guests Dr Dympna O’Sullivan, Senior Lecturer in Computer Science and the Academic Lead of the Digital Futures Research Hub at Technological University Dublin; James Doyle, also known as Protein Bor Papi on TikTok; and Elaine Burke, award-winning science and technology journalist.
Over the course of the training sessions the peer-led programme equipped students with the skills and knowledge to lead their own online safety campaigns in their schools and communities.
The young people led an incredible range of initiatives to raise awareness of online safety in their schools for Safer Internet Day 2024.
During February we are hosting a series of free online safety webinars for parents.
Free Online Safety Webinar for Parents, in partnership with the National Parents Council with Apple Parental Controls explained.
Wednesday, February 7th at 7pm.
Free Online Safety Webinar for Parents, with TikTok safety features explained.
Supporting teens online, with TikTok safety features explained.
Tuesday, February 13th at 7pm.
Free Online Safety Webinar for Parents, with Snapchat safety features explained.
Supporting teens online, with Snapchat safety features explained.
Monday, February 19th at 7pm.