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Webwise, the Irish Safer Internet Centre promotes the safe, responsible use of the Internet and mobile devices by children and young people. It is co-funded by the European Union Safer Internet Programme and the Department of Education and Skills. Our aim is to ensure that children, young people, schools and parents are aware of the benefits of the Internet as well as its risks. Visit www.webwise.ie to access our Internet Safety information, advice and educational resources.

What can schools do to promote safe use of the Internet?

The Internet and digital media can help our pupils learn, create and communicate in ways that we would never have imagined in our youth.  The online world is very much part of their lives, they are “growing up digital” with technology embedded in every aspect of their lives.

Schools have a duty of care to their pupils, and this includes helping children and young people to use new digital technologies safely and responsibly, wherever and whenever they go online.

Digital literacy skills are key life skills for children and young people today.  They need to be media savvy and know how to effectively search for and evaluate online content; know how to protect personal information and reputation; know to respect copyright and intellectual property and know where to get help if problems arise. Schools are well placed to help children and young people to develop these skills, and should look for opportunities across the curriculum to reinforce online safety messages.

The school can:

   Implement and update an Internet Safety Acceptable Use Policy (AUP).
   Educate students on how to be safe online and when using ICT.
   Be part of a content filtering/monitoring system.

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