EU Safer Internet Day at Castleisland Community College

Teacher Elaine Murphy and student Hannah Sheehan are tasked with steering Internet Safety at Castleisland Community College.

Earlier this month, schools all around Kerry and beyond have been marking Safer Internet Day with activities, projects and talks.

Safer Internet Day (SID) is an EU wide initiative to promote a safer internet for all users, especially young people and this years theme is ‘Tech in our World’.

In classes students explored the role of digital technology in young people’s lives, their views on new and emerging technology and the changes they would like to see enacted online.

Safer Internet Ambassador

Second year student, Hannah Sheehan, a member of the student council, volunteered to become a Safer Internet Ambassador for the school.

This is a peer-to-peer youth training programme that gives students an opportunity to lead an online safety campaign in their own school.

Geography and history teacher Elaine Murphy co-ordinates the student council said that Hannah showed great dedication and engagement throughout the programme.

Google Headquarters

“She attended three sessions one of which was held at Google headquarters in Dublin where she got the opportunity to develop the skills, knowledge and confidence to lead an online safety campaign in school.

“She gained a great insight into ‘Tech in our World’ by engaging with guest speakers like Dr. Dympna O’Sullivan, a senior lecturer in computer science and the academic lead of the Digital Futures Research Hub at Technological University Dublin,” said Ms. Murphy.

Human-Centered AI Systems

“Dr. O’Sullivan researches the impact of emerging technologies on individuals and society and is particularly interested in human – AI interactions and how to develop human-centered AI systems.

“Another guest speaker was James Doyle, also known as Protein Bor Papi on TikTok, where he has over 1.1 million followers.

“He became viral with his reviews of protein bars and now uploads videos gym sessions and lifestyle content.

Hannah has given presentations to classes about online safety and technology in our world. She will continue to run this awareness campaign during our schools Wellbeing Week,” Ms. Murphy concluded.
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