Safer Internet Day 2022 took place recently and it was celebrated and marked at Presentation Secondary School, Castleisland and the school feels that never has it been more crucial that everyone is educated about online safety.
It is globally celebrated 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 Megan Dennehy and Doireann O’Sullivan ably supported by the Transition Year Digital Committee and mentored by ICT coordinator Ms. Annette Leen.
Training from Webwise
The SID ambassadors, who received training from Webwise throughout the year, organised a series of events to celebrate the day and raise awareness among the school community.
Parents information via the school app and the school’s social media accounts to advise on best practice and encourage open communication about online safety.
Doireann and Megan created a workshop and organised fun activities which they delivered to first year and second year students on the day.
Advice And Information
The workshops provided students with advice and information as well as an opportunity to discuss the issues which they face on social media. Students were encouraged to take part in a poster competition emphasising the best behaviours online and what to do if issues arise.
Sergeant Tim O’Keeffe and Garda Aidan O’Mahony from Tralee Garda Station presented very enlightening talks to TY and 5 th year students According Ms. Leen “Sergeant O Keeffe and Garda O’Mahony gave us an insight into how people can protect themselves online and how online criminals prey on vulnerable people and gain their trust. It was a frank, hard-hitting presentation that provided much food for though.”
On Radio Kerry
Megan and Doireann were asked by Webwise to represent them on Radio Kerry on the day.
They were interviewed by Deirdre Walsh on ‘Talkabout’ and excellently represented our school and Webwise.
To finish an extremely busy day, Doireann and Megan along with the school’s Webwise Youth Panelists, Fiona and Joanna, shared their knowledge and insight with staff at a staff meeting.
“The student voice on these matters is always welcomed and it is due to the hard work, dedication and leadership skills of students that Safer Internet day in Presentation is going from strength to strength each year.”, Ms. Leen added.
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