Safer Internet Day is approaching - 11th February

Safer Internet Day is approaching - 11th February
Safer Internet Day is approaching - 11th February


Over the years, Safer Internet Day (SID) has become a landmark event in the online safety calendar. Starting as an initiative of the EU SafeBorders project in 2004 and taken up by the Insafe network as one of its earliest actions in 2005, Safer Internet Day has grown beyond its traditional geographic zone and is now celebrated in approximately 150 countries worldwide.
From cyberbullying to social networking, each year Safer Internet Day aims to raise awareness of emerging online issues and chooses a topic reflecting current concerns.
For Safer Internet Day (SID) 2020, Webwise plan on promoting a healthy attitude towards digital technology and the internet. Building on the work of the Safer Internet Day Ambassador Programme and outcomes of the new Digital Media Literacy (Post-Primary) resource "Connected", Webwise will focus on empowering young people to take an active role in online safety by empowering and encouraging young people to use technology for good and engage in areas that interest them - for example, creative uses of
technology, learning new skills, publishing content, and so on.

What Webwise are doing to support the SID 2020 slogan of "Together for a better internet"…

To mark Safer Internet Day 2020, on Tuesday, 11 February 2020, Webwise, the internet safety initiative of the Department of Education and Skills, will launch a new educational resource called "Connected". Connected has been specifically designed for teachers of the Junior Cycle Digital Media Literacy Short Course who wish to explore;
  • Young people's rights online
  • Online wellbeing
  • Emerging digital technologies
  • Big data and the data economy
  • False information and false news
The Connected Programme acts as an introduction to a series of digital media literacy themes and topics. Throughout the programme students will explore new and emerging digital technologies and opportunities for using digital technology is embedded into each module and assessment. On completion of the programme, students will be able to demonstrate key skills in utilising digital media and technology.
The resource is supported by a social media campaign #Connected and video. Based on real life experiences, Connected is a short film exploring how young people communicate and connect online. The film encourages young people to reflect on why their actions matter and the impact it can have on others. We shape the internet everyday with our interactions. You can play a part in creating a better, connected online world.
Connected is available to view here.
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