Safer Internet Day 2017 took place on Tuesday 7th February with the theme 'Be the change: unite for a better internet', the aim of which is to help promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people.
As part of the day’s events, the winners of the Education Authority's e-safety competition, 'Play Your Part for a Better Internet' were announced.
The participating schools created short videos giving their view as to what young people should do to make their internet experience safer.
The event was broadcast to over 230 primary and 62 post-primary schools across Northern Ireland via live video stream, and was co-ordinated by C2k and EAtv. The winning videos (listed below) were judged by representatives from C2k, EAtv, the UK Safer Internet Centre, NI Anti-Bullying Forum, and the Safeguarding Board for Northern Ireland, and their films will now be used as a C2k internet safety resource.
Primary school winners:
St Dallan’s PS Warrenpoint
Fairview PS, Ballyclare
Roan St Patrick's PS, Dungannon
Killicomaine Junior HS, Portadown
St Joseph’s GS, Donaghmore
To view the winning videos, click on the following links
Central to the SBNI’s current work in promoting safer internet use is the co-ordination of the dramatic production, ‘In the Net’, in primary schools across Northern Ireland. This six week tour has been done in conjunction with Alter Ego Creative Solutions.
'In the Net' is a fantastically fun piece of children's theatre that was created out of a growing need to make young people aware of internet safety and the real-world effects of cyber bullying:
It’s Dotty’s birthday and she’s just got a shiny new iPad. But there’s a problem. She’s not being too safe online. She’s posting personal information, chatting to strangers and making rude comments about school friends. When her behaviour results in her being pulled into the computer Dotty finds herself caught 'In the Net’. The clock is ticking and in order to get home she must go on a quest – a quest to find out how to be safer online. Along the way she’s helped by a whole host of colourful characters.
Our new safeguarding app also launched on Safer Internet Day. It provides information on safeguarding children and for use by parents/carers and professionals. It includes information on subjects such as child sexual exploitation, legal highs, bullying, gaming, other forms of abuse and the importance of healthy relationships.
Newsfeed and updates, signposting to key safeguarding gateways, supported by geo location features, reporting information, advice and help including video and audio content with immediate access to ‘topic specific’ advice where and when needed.