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Safer Internet Day: Laois schools involved today, with Seven Top Tips for online safety

Lynda Kiernan

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Lynda Kiernan

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lynda.kiernan@leinsterexpress.ie

Safer Internet Day:  Laois schools involved today, with Seven Top Tips for online safety

Today, Tuesday February 6 is Safer Internet Day

Safer Internet Day is today February 6 2018, and schools across Laois are holding events to raise the awareness of young people on how to stay safe online.

Primary Schools in Laois have got involved too on the issue that hugely concerns parents.

Portlaoise Educate Together is holding a Senior Infants talkabout play and Web safety, using safer Internet day lessons from Webwise, with parents invited in to learn more.

Ratheniska NS is also marking Safer Internet awareness day 2018, by educating all 220 pupils about the possible threats online and how to manage them.

St Joseph's NS in Borris-in-Ossory is holding a workshop called Its up 2 Us, for 3rd to 6th classes, including discussion, roleplay, Webwise video and poster competition for 4 classes.

Presentation Primary School Portarlington is holding a Poster competition and Safer Internet Day Assembly Presentation, which follows up from their Zeeko Internet Safety Workshop.

Portlaoise College is today holding Social Media Awareness Workshops for 200 students from first and second year,  focusing on safe internet use with a particular focus on social media. 

Portlaoise school Scoil Chríost Rí is holding a schoolwide e-safety lesson for all 1005 female students, called Connecting Positively and Responsibly. They have launched a poster campaign and competition, and visiting speakers are coming to talk about the importance of internet safety.

The school has also shared some Top Tips for young people to stay safe online.

1. FakeNews: just because something is online, it doesn’t mean it’s true! Cross-check information in various sources before considering it trustworthy.

2. Did you know that everything you do online leaves a DigitalFootprint? This year, on #SID2018 and beyond, share respect! Keep it positive and respectful!

3. Teens, remember: if you stumbled across something abusive online, you should block unwanted followers and report any post you find offensive!

4. Is someone in your peer group or your online network being cyberbullied? Don’t remain silent - stand up for them, confront bullies or reach out for help!

5. So you’ve shared some photos you now wish you hadn’t. Is someone now threatening to make them public? Don’t give in to their demands and reach out to family, friends, teachers or other professionals for help!

6. Being connected is important, but so is maintaining a balance between your online and offline relationships!

7. You’re not alone if you encounter problems online – Ask a friend, parent or teacher for help.

Safer Internet Day (SID) is an EU wide initiative to promote a safer internet for all users, especially young people. It is promoted in Ireland by the PDST Technology in Education and Webwise.

The Theme for Safer Internet Day 2018 is “Create, connect and share respect: A better internet starts with you”. Over 70,000 young people across Ireland joined the celebrations this year.

See more on Safer Internet Day here.