Webwise is a member of the National Advisory Council for Online Safety (NACOS) and is a key educational resource identified in the Government Action Plan for Online Safety. Webwise core work Webwise promotes the autonomous, effective, and safer use of the internet by young people through a sustained information and awareness strategy targeting parents, teachers, and children themselves with consistent and relevant messages.
We develop and disseminate resources that help teachers integrate internet safety into teaching and learning in their schools. We also provide information, advice, and tools to parents to support their engagement in their children’s online lives. With the help of the Webwise Youth Advisory Panel we develop youth oriented awareness raising resources and campaigns that address topics such as cyber bullying.
Webwise partnerships We are members of the Insafe network and the SaferInternetIE (SII) project. This is a consortium of industry, education, child welfare and government partners that provide awareness, hotline and helpline functions and activities in the Republic of Ireland. The project, coordinated by the Office for Internet Safety, aims to develop national initiatives promoting the safer use of electronic media and enhance protection of the vulnerable – particularly children – against the downside of the internet.
New Online Course for Post-Primary Teachers: What is Digital Citizenship and How to Teach it
The aim of this course is to provide teachers with the knowledge, resources and confidence to teach digital citizenship and to empower their students to be safe, ethical and responsible online. Drawing on relevant online safety resources and activities from Webwise, participants will explore what it means to be a good digital citizen and identify opportunities for the teaching and learning of one or more of the 10 domains of digital citizenship in their specific subjects. Topics explored include online wellbeing, news and information literacy, privacy, communication, ethics, empathy and more. The course contains new good practice videos filmed in three post primary schools and makes specific links to SPHE, CSPE and the Digital Media Literacy short course.https://teachercpd.ie/enrol/index.php?id=682
Webwise Teachers Evening Webinar Series
Webwise have just completed a series of evening webinars for teachers. If you missed the webinars, recordings are available. The Webwise Teacher Series aims to provide helpful information, advice, guidance and resources to assist the introduction of online safety into the classroom. The series was supported by experts in the area of digital technology, SPHE, Academics and legal experts. The webinars explored the recently enacted Coco's Law, addressing cyberbullying in school, media and information literacy and introducing online safety to young children.
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HTML Heroes - New resource for 1st and 2nd class
Webwise recently launched a new resource for teachers of 1st and 2nd class; HTML Heroes: Welcome to the Internet. The HTML Heroes Programme has been designed for teachers of 1st and 2nd class to introduce pupils to the first steps of accessing and using the internet in a safe and responsible manner. The resource has five lessons that can be explored separately or delivered as a whole unit. The lessons explore areas including using the internet safely, communicating online, playing and learning online, getting help and support. Through five short illustrated stories pupils will learn the basic skills for being safe and secure online, including why it is essential to STOP, THINK, CHECK when accessing the digital world. The five lessons in the resource provide opportunities to engage with digital technology and highlight the benefits and opportunities the internet brings while also equipping pupils with the skills to safely navigate the digital world. The resource can be accessed here: https://heroes.webwise.ie/
Understanding Coco's Law - New SPHE Lesson
In response to the very welcome changes to legislation this year making the non-consensual sharing of intimate images an offence and the introduction of Coco's Law, Webwise have created a dedicated SPHE Lesson for teachers. Understanding the Harassment, Harmful Communication and Related Offences Act 2020 and the legal consequences of it for young people. This lesson is intended to be appropriate for the 3rd to 5th year demographic. Students will be able to recognise the key offences under the Harassment, Harmful Communication and Related Offences Act 2020. Students will understand that their online actions have consequences for both themselves and others and that they are accountable for their actions. Students will feel empowered to speak-up about online sexual harassment and know where to go for help if it occurs. https://www.webwise.ie/lockers/cocos-law-lesson/
The Full Picture Lesson
The Full Picture Lesson has been designed to assist and support teachers of SPHE when teaching their students about the influences and pressures young people may face while using social media, the impact on their self-esteem online and how to manage their online wellbeing. The aim is to encourage students to be mindful of the impact, both positive and negative, social media can have on how we feel and empower them with the resources and strategies to manage their own online wellbeing. https://www.webwise.ie/thefullpicture/
Safer Internet Day Scripted Presentations
Free Safer Internet Day Presentations are available for Primary and Post-Primary level. These include Primary school presentations for use with 1st and 2nd class, 3rdand 4th class, and 5th and 6th class. The Post-Primary level presentation explore topics including News, Information and the Problems of False Information; Managing Your Online Wellbeing; Respectful Communication Online; Self-Esteem Online -- The Full Picture. The presentations, a full script/notes, and Take Home Activities can be downloaded below. https://www.webwise.ie/saferinternetday/sid-presentations/
Applications open for SID Ambassador Training Programme (Open to 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.
With support of the Webwise Youth Advisory panel students will engage in 5 online training sessions 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, 8th February 2022.
Students can apply directly or teacher can nominate interested students: https://www.webwise.ie/trending/sid-ambassador-programme-open/