Safer Internet Day 2023 in Ireland

Safer Internet Day 2023 in Ireland

Thousands of people around Ireland are taking part in the Safer Internet Day 2023 celebrations!

This year’s theme is promoting respect and empathy online. 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 #SID2023.


 Safer Internet Day 2023 – Building Respect and Empathy online

The Irish Safer Internet Centre is hosted an event exploring the theme of building empathy and respect online.

The event was led by the Webwise Youth Advisory Panel members together with other students and gave young people the space to reflect and discuss respect and empathy online. We were also joined by the Ombudsman for Children; Dr. Niall Muldoon and colleagues from the DCU Anti-Bullying Centre who contributed to the discussions, and presented the key findings from a recent survey on bystander behaviour online.

Complementary interactive stakeholders’ discussions explored some of the opportunities and challenges as they relate to protecting, empowering, and respecting children and young people online while also looking to future priorities.

This event will also officially launched the Webwise #SilentWitness Awareness Campaign.


#SilentWitness Campaign

The #SilentWitness campaign explores the topic of online bullying and abuse. The campaign is a series of three short films aiming to spark conversations inside and outside the classroom, families, amongst peers, and in the wider community around the topic of online bullying and action that can be taken.


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The #SilentWitness Campaign – TikTok

High profile TikTokers Shanice Griffin and Mary-Claire Fitzpatrick made TikTok videos to raise awareness of the #SilentWitness campaign and key messages!


@mcluvs2laugh If you spoke to people in real life like trolls do on the internet. I’m delighted to partner with TikTok and @WebwiseIreland for Safer Internet Day this year. I’ve been making videos online for years, so I’ve seen a thing or two in the comments. It’s always baffled me how people speak to one another through a screen, as if there’s no one reading them on the other end. We want to help bridge that gap from the screen to the person. If you see a nasty comment, don’t scroll and ignore it. Don’t be a #SilentWitness and help make TikTok a safer place for everyone #saferinternetday ♬ original sound – Mary-Claire Fitzpatrick



150 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 the opportunities and challenges of the online world, with special guests TikTok content creator Jacob Donegan and journalist Roe McDermott.

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 the #SID2023 theme of promoting respect and empathy, and many other online safety and digital literacy topics including cyberbullying, big data, false information, image-sharing and consent, and privacy.


For Safer Internet Day 2023, Webwise will be hosting online safety webinars for parents of younger children, and for parents of teens.

#WebwiseParents: Supporting Children Online

For Safer Internet Day 2023, Webwise; the Irish internet safety awareness centre in partnership with the National Parents Council Primary are delighted to organise an Online Safety Webinar for parents of young children. The webinar will discuss the opportunities and risks for children online, offer practical advice to support parents and answer some frequently asked questions. The Apple team will also provide a short explainer on Parental controls and some key safety features.

This webinar will take place on Tuesday, February 7th at 8pm. Register Now.


#WebwiseParents: Supporting Teens Online

Webwise; the Irish internet safety awareness centre is delighted to host the Talk, Listen, Learn Online Safety Webinar for parents/guardians of teens.

The webinar will explore the opportunities and risks for children online, offer practical advice to support parents, highlight key resources/supports and answer some frequently asked questions.
The TikTok Safety team will also provide a short explainer on how TikTok works and some key safety features.

This webinar will take place on Tuesday, February 21st at 8pm. Register Now.



Safer Internet Day around Ireland

Hundreds of events in schools, clubs and organisations will be taking place right across the country for Safer Internet Day.

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 Supporters in Ireland

More organisations than even supported Safer Internet Day in Ireland this year.

Trend Micro announced the winners of their annual internet safety video competition What’s Your Story?, offered online safety training for parents, delivered episodes of the Cyber Academy to 3rd class students, and trained 30 transition year students to become Cyber Academy Ambassadors; Microsoft Dream Space hosted a special event to celebrate Safer Internet Day, which included an exploration of a brand new world found within Minecraft Education; the Irish Film Institute, with the support of the BAI and Media Literacy Ireland, offered free films as part of a special media literacy bundle for schools; the Gaelic Players Association presented information, education & supports on social media usage at a GPA Rookie Camp among the many organisations who supported Safer Internet Day in Ireland, and encouraged people to join in the celebrations.

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.

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

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