SID 2024 Ambassador Programme
The SID 2024 Ambassador Training Programme is now open for applications from Post-Primary students. An important aspect of anti-bullying prevention, wellbeing and internet safety in schools is the active involvement of students in building a positive school climate. As a part of our Safer Internet Day campaign, Webwise is reaching out to post-primary students and encouraging and supporting them to address internet safety issues such as cyberbullying, online wellbeing, false information online, privacy, data protection and your rights online by leading awareness-raising campaigns in their clubs, schools, and communities. The focus for this year’s training programme will be on helping students understand the role of digital technologies and artificial intelligence in their lives. Students will have the opportunity to meet, share and learn from their experiences, hopes and concerns for recent emerging developments in technology and AI and consider what the implications have been for young people so far.
We would love you to get involved!
Anyone can nominate a Safer Internet Day (SID) Ambassador, you can even nominate yourself! We are looking for young people who have the passion to lead an internet safety awareness raising campaign in their school.
Check out these highlights from 2023’s programme.
Webwise will provide a blended training programme comprising both online training sessions with a full in-person training day for the SID ambassadors to empower them to lead safer internet campaigns in their schools. The programme will take place over December and January in the lead up to Safer Internet Day, 6th February 2024. There will be 2 online training sessions and a full in-person training day with a focus on the emerging development in technology and artificial intelligence:
The training sessions include:
- Session 1 (Online): Welcome to the SID Ambassador Programme. December 2023
- Session 2: (In-Person) SID Training Day with youth-led workshops. This session will include a talk and Q and A session from a guest speakers in the area of the role of digital technologies and AI in young people’s lives. 16th January 2024
- Session 3 (Online): Planning an effective SID Campaign. January 2024
With each session building on the last the sessions will form a step-by-step guide for students on how to lead an effective internet safety awareness raising campaign.
Attendance at all training sessions is mandatory and students must use a wi-fi connected device with access to a camera and microphone to be able to fully participate in the online training programme. Each online meeting will last for approximately one hour and you will work with your coordinating teacher to arrange a quiet space and appropriate use of technology to be able to fully participate in the programme.
Webwise will also host one online training session for teachers who have students participating in the SID Ambassador Programme. This session will guide teachers on how best to support their students to lead their Safer Internet Day initiatives. Teachers of students that have been accepted onto the programme can sign up for the training in November. Information on this will be sent to teachers once all student applications have been processed.
Safer Internet Day Ambassadors are teenagers who want to promote a better, safer internet for young people. They don’t need any special expertise or experience, just a commitment to do something positive. We would love to hear from teenagers who have previous experience of leading online safety/cyberbullying or other positive campaigns in your schools/community or youth group.
Why Join the Safer Internet Day Ambassador Programme?
Almost 200,000 people joined us in celebrating Safer Internet Day across Ireland in 2023. Help us make Safer Internet Day 2024 an even bigger success by becoming a Safer Internet Day Ambassador.
Our Safer Internet Day Ambassador Programme is a peer-to-peer youth programme that gives students an opportunity to start an online safety campaign in their own school. The SID Ambassador Programme empowers students by providing them with opportunities to develop leadership, human relations, team building and communication skills. Students make a commitment to lead by example, demonstrate respect and responsibility and engage in community service. This is a great opportunity to work with students from across Ireland and help create a positive environment in schools and communities.
How many students can apply?
Places on the programme are limited, we advise students to apply early to avoid disappointment. A maximum of two students per school will be accepted into the programme.
The programme requires students to set up a Safer Internet Day committee, and we recommend that groups of students interested in participating nominate two ambassadors/representatives to apply for the programme.
The application process is now closed.