We are students from Finn Valley College and we are here to raise awareness about internet safety and the importance of being safe online.  We will help you learn what it means to be a good digital citizen and how to use the internet safely.  

Safer Internet Day is an EU wide initiative to promote a safer internet for all users, especially young people.  The theme for Safer Internet Day 2018 is “Create, connect and share respect: A better internet starts with you”.  Over 70,000 young people across Ireland joined the celebrations last year,  why not join Finn Valley College celebrate in 2018!

SOME FACTS!!!

  • Many children are using the internet unsupervised at an early age.

  • 32 percent of teenagers hide or delete their history from their parents.

  • Teenagers and adults have Facebook friends and have conversations with online people they have never met.

  • 1 in 10 adults who use social media claim to have been a victim of a cyber attack.

  • It is important to have security and antivirus software installed on all mobile phones and computers.

  • Approximately 69% of 10-14 year olds have their own mobile phones.

  • You must ensure websites are secure before buying online.  The website address should begin with the letters https.

  • Some games can directly connect children to other players.

 ONCE SOMETHING CROSSES THE INTERNET, THERE IS NO WAY TO REMOVE IT.

Try to remember this simple message when online

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CYBERBULLYING

Cyberbullying is when someone is being bullied online. The same as all of the other types of bullying it is negative, unwanted behaviour and it is always one way. Unlike other types of bullying, cyberbullying only has to happen once. Be it an abusive message or even just posting a directed hurtful picture it is still bullying.

Why waste your energy being mean to someone when being nice to them is effortless!!!

Steps to take if you’re being bullied.

Screenshot it: As soon as you see or receive the form of bullying (e.g. a text message/a mean snap from Snapchat) you must screenshot it immediately so you have evidence of the bullying.

Tell/Report: When you have evidence of the bullying you must tell an adult you trust (e.g. parent/guardian, teacher, grandparent).  A responsible adult will know how to take care of the problem.

Block: You must block the number or the player or the user to avoid receiving further messages.

We will leave you with a video to watch from www.webwise.ie, a great website for all your internet safety needs!

Click on the link below to watch the short video which addresses the topic of sexting and potential consequences.  The video is also supported by a website offering information and support: watchyourspace.ie/forever

Forever

Remember everyone #zipit #blockit #flagit

From all the students in Digital Media Literacy Class in Finn Valley College!