Students advised to Think Before You Click

Ava Collins and Elvan Dilmac, Safer Internet Day Ambassadors at Ardscoil Mhuire

ARDSCOIL Mhuire recently celebrated Safer Internet Day 2022 with a series of student-led initiatives that spilled out into the wider community.
Transition Year students took on the role of Internet Day Ambassadors, using their leadership training from Webwise to encourage their fellow students to look after their wellbeing while browsing.
Ava Collins and Elvan Dilmac (transition year) were determined to make an impact following their internet safety training, and devised a programme of online safety events, supported by Webwise Youth Panelist Méabh Ryan (fifth year) and their classmates.
These included the creation of bespoke resources for use in Junior Cycle SPHE classes, a whole-school poster competition, awareness-raising via the official #SID2022 wristbands, and motivational messages dotted around the school.
They spent most of Safer Internet Day meeting the school’s first year students, helping them to develop critical thinking skills and promoting strategies for maintaining one’s wellbeing whilst using social media.
The highlight of the day was a virtual visit to the sixth class pupils in Scoil Íde.  Ava and Elvan delivered a session on safe and respectful communication online, even hosting a mini-quiz after sharing some personal experiences as internet users.
Ardscoil Mhuire’s principal, Bríd Herbert, said: “Safer Internet Day is a well established tradition in Ardscoil Mhuire. This initiative is one of many in our school which draws attention to the importance of students being safe, aware, and responsible online. I commend our SID Ambassadors and members of the Webwise Youth Advisory Panel for sharing their knowledge and experience with our school and wider community.”
Safer Internet Day (SID) is an EU wide initiative to promote a safer internet for all users, especially young people. It is promoted in Ireland by the PDST Technology in Education and Webwise. Ardscoil Mhuire has a long and fruitful relationship with Webwise, with many students serving on their Youth Advisory Panel and benefitting from leadership training via the Safer Internet Day Ambassador programme

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