Safer Internet Day 2017 was celebrated on Tuesday 7th February 2017. This international annual event takes place every February to promote safe and responsible use of the internet and mobile phone technologies, especialy amongst children and young people.
Just like with past years, the safer internet day celebrations included local national and international events organised by a broad variety of organisations ranging from schools and youth clubs to industry, civil society and local and national government agencies.
The theme for Safer Internet Day 2017 was "Be the change: Unite for a better internet". In Ireland Safer Internet Day is promoted by the PDST Technology in Education and Webwise. It is strongly supported by the Safer Internet Ireland Project
Webwise launch new online Parenting Hub
Webwise have launched a new online Parenting Hub. Webwise Parents and Parenting Handbook which will provide parents with easy access to practical advice and information to help address their concerns about the various issues facing their children online. The new hub features expert advice from professionals including John Sharry (Child and Family Psychotherapist) and Colman Noctor (Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist) and offers useful conversation starters and tips on managing internet safety in the home. Visit the new online hub here: webwise.ie/parents/
Webwise launch new Parenting Handbook
In addition to the new online hub for parents, Webwise launched a new parenting handbook. The Parents' guide to a Better Internet offers practical advice on a range of topics including cyberbullying, screen time, social networking and more. The booklet will help parents to help their children have a positive experience when they are online.
To download the booklet please click here
Safer Internet Day, now in its 14th year is organised by the joint Insafe-INHOPE network with the support of the European Commission, with funding provided by the Connecting Europe Facility Programme (CEF). Find out about the EC's European Strategy for a Better Internet for Children on the Digital Agenda website.
For information on activities in Ireland to mark Safer Internet Day 2017 please see www.saferinternetday.ie.
For further information on Safer Internet Day 2017 please see www.saferinternetday.org.