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Safer Internet Day, an EU wide initiative to promote a safer internet for all users, especially young people, will be celebrated in Ireland next Tuesday, February 10.

Safer Internet Day, an EU wide initiative to promote a safer internet for all users, especially young people, will be celebrated in Ireland next Tuesday, February 10.

It is promoted in Ireland by the Professional Service Development for Teachers (PDST) Technology in Education and Webwise, the Irish Internet Safety Awareness Centre

This year’s call to action is, â€œLet’s Create a Better Internet Together”. 

Through its web-site, http://www.saferinternetday.ie/ , the initiative encourages children, young people, parents and schools to take part in a range of suggested activities which can raise awareness about safer use of social media and the internet.

For schools, there is a list of creative ways to generate discussion in class on such issues as what photos are OK to share, and how photos can go viral.

For parents, there are guides to safer internet use which can be downloaded for their information. Children & young people can participate in a Super-Selfie competition, showing what they and their friends are doing for Safer Internet Day.

South Tipperary Children & Young People’s Services Committee, as part of its brief for the welfare of children and young people, supports this promotion of safer internet use across the south county. As well as publicising Safer Internet Day in the schools, the committee is also highlighting the activities that are being planned by different groups and agencies around this theme in the weeks ahead.

Activities include:

FAB (Foróige Against Bullying) Feb: an Anti-Bullying / Cyber-Bullying programme being run by Foróige Neighbourhood Youth Project with children and young people in Carrick-on-Siúr through the month of February.

Internet Safety Talk (National Parents Council – Primary): for parents of primary school children in Cahir in mid-March.

Internet Safety Use workshops: Workshops on the theme of Internet Safety Use will be run by Tipperary Regional Youth Service for parents & children during the week of 9th February in Tipperary town and Thurles.