Webwise Online Safety – Student Spotlight
Over the past couple of months a past Webwise Safer Internet Day (SID) Ambassador and Webwise Youth Panelist, Karl Gilmartin, has developed an app which promotes safer internet usage with children.
We were delighted to connect with Karl over the past couple of months and to see his progress with his app. Read more about how Karl joined the Webwise SID Ambassador Training Programme, became a member of the Webwise Youth Advisory Panel, and his continued interest in online safety and promoting safe, responsible, and positive uses of the Internet and technology.
Written by Karl Gilmartin.
I joined Webwise as an Ambassador in 2019, and took part in the in-person ambassador training which was held in Google. During this session I and the other ambassadors started brainstorming ideas for Safer Internet Day 2020. I started to develop on an idea based on a board game “Rockets and Dragons”, and shared the game with various year levels in both Post-Primary and Primary school for SID 2020. Rockets and Dragons proved very popular amongst all of the class groups.
Following SID 2020, I joined the Youth Panel where I helped train the Safer Internet Day ambassadors, and also took part in various other opportunities such as one with Google and Barnardos named “Plugged in but Switched Off” .
Following my success with Rockets and Dragons, I wanted to pursue and further develop the idea. Rockets and Dragons is now an app developed for android tablets.
Rockets and Dragons is designed and created to highlight some important ideas of how to have a better and safer online presence. This is achieved by using key cards which supply information for the player, these cards are also audio described to make to game accessible to all.
If you would like to see his app further or would like to find out more information you can visit https://rocketsanddragons.ie/would-you-like-to-express-your-interest or email Karl at firstname.lastname@example.org .