Do you remember this? 1,2,3,4,5,6, Safe Cross Code/Remember, one, look for a safe place/
two, don’t hurry, stop and wait…. Well, kids (and their parents) have more than just automobiles, busses and cyclists to negotiate safely these days: in fact, many of our kids’ journeys are done on-line and it is a bit more complicated of an environment than the standard suburban cul-de-sac. So, in order to help parents, children and teachers get a better grip on internet safety, we invited in CyberSafeIreland to do workshops with 4th-6th Forms and a talk with parents. Both were very successful and now we have the results of the internet safety survey which they carried out. Below are a few excerpts and here is the whole report. Now, back to Fortnite!
CyberSafeIreland is the Irish children’s charity for online safety. It was established in 2015 to provide expert guidance to children, parents and teachers on safe and responsible use of the Internet. Our main focus is on supporting children aged 9 to 13, when many are first communicating or gaming online, and when, unfortunately, some can fall victim to bullying, harassment or other exposure to harmful contact and content.
We believe that providing children with online safety skills is fundamental to making technology an enabling and rewarding environment for Irish children, alongside supportive parental communication, involvement and supervision. Prior to our visit to the school, we conducted an anonymous survey with each year group and this report outlines our main findings. We’ve also included some helpful tips and resources to help parents get started.