Safer Internet Day 2021 took place on Tuesday, February 9th at Presentation Secondary School Castleisland and never has it been more crucial that everyone is educated about online safety.
It is a globally celebrated day to promote the safe and positive use of digital technology amongst young people.
The campaign was run this year in Presentation Secondary School by Safer Internet Day ambassadors Danielle Moriarty and Katelyn Curtin ably supported by the school’s representatives on the Webwise Youth Panel, Joanna Moynihan and Fiona Brosnan and staff ICT coordinator Ms. Annette Leen.
Webwise Trainees as Organisers
The four Transition Year students, who received training from Webwise throughout the year, organised a week-long series of events.
Due to the current circumstances all plans were adapted and presented remotely through the school’s Microsoft Teams system.
Parents and students received a daily ‘top tip’ via the school app and the school’s social media accounts to advise on best practice and encourage open communication about online safety.
Danielle, Katelyn, Joanna and Fiona created a workshop which they delivered remotely to first year and second year students on the day.
The workshops provided students with advice and information as well as an opportunity to discuss the issues which they face on social media in groups using ‘breakout rooms’ in Microsoft Teams.
Students were encouraged to take part in a poster competition emphasising the best behaviours online and what to do if issues arise.
Enlightenment from Sgt. O’Keeffe
Sergeant Tim O’Keeffe from Tralee Garda Station presented very enlightening talks to students and to parents.
“Sergeant O’Keeffe gave us an insight into how people can protect themselves online and how online criminals prey on vulnerable people and gain their trust,” said Ms. Leen.
“It was a frank, hard-hitting and essential presentation for the whole school community.
Leadership Skills Displayed
“The four students involved this year gave freely of their free time to organise the events and their hard work and enthusiasm really paid off during the week.
“Safer Internet Day in Presentation is going from strength to strength each year due to the dedication, organisational and leadership skills of our students,” said Ms. Leen in conclusion.
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