Internet Safety and Awareness Campaign
In the senior classes, as part of our Internet Safety and Awareness
Campaign we will be covering areas of privacy protection, cyber bullying,
the dangers of disclosing personal information online and being cautious
when engaging in social media.
Parents also play a pivotal role in educating your child in Internet
Safety. Some useful websites for internet safety tips and guidelines
include: www.webwise.ie and www.internetsafety.ie
10 tips for Parents from www.webwise.ie
1. Discover the Internet together
Be the one to introduce your child to the Internet.This could make it
easier to share both positive and negative experiences in the future.
2. Agree with your child on rules for Internet
Try to reach an agreement with your child on how long they should spend
online and what types of sites and activities are ok.
3. Encourage your child to be careful when disclosing
They should be selective about what personal information and photos
they post to online spaces. Once material is online it is subject to
all kinds of unauthorised use.
4. Talk about the risks associated with meeting
Young people are making friends online but they should only physically
meet these strangers in the company of an adult or others they trust.
5. Teach your child about ‘source criticism’
on the Internet
Not all information found online is correct. Educate your children on
how to verify information they find.
6. Don't be too critical towards your child's
exploration of the Internet
Remember, it is not always their fault if they come across inappropriate
content on the Web.
7. Report online material you may consider illegal
to the appropriate authorities
It is important that we all take responsibility for the Web and report
matters which we believe could be illegal to www.hotline.ie.
8. Encourage respect for others
As in everyday life there are informal ethical rules for how to behave
when relating to other people on the Internet.
9. Know your child’s Internet use
To be able to guide your child’s Intw yernet use, whether it’s
on their mobile phone or PC, it is important to understand how children
use the Internet and know what they like to do online.
10. Remember that the positive aspects of the
Internet outweigh the negative aspects
The Internet is an excellent educational and recreational resource for
children. Encourage your child to be Webwise and explore the Internet
to its full potential