Ardscoil Mhuire Safer Internet Day – Ava Collins and Elvan Dilmac devised a series of online safety events for Safer Internet Day. They had previously received specialist leadership training from Webwise Ireland.
Ardscoil Mhuire Safer Internet Day ambassadors urge students to ‘think before they click’
Ardscoil Mhuire’s school community celebrated Safer Internet Day 2022 (#SID2022) with a series of student-led initiatives that spilled out into the wider community.
Two students from the Corbally based school, Ava Collins and Elvan Dilmac (Transition Year) were determined to make an impact, having received leadership training from Webwise Ireland with a focus on promoting internet safety. They went on to devise 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.
In their first engagement of #SID2022, Ava & Elvan visited all of #ASM's First Year classes. They engaged the students in an active discussion on the work of @Webwise_Ireland, their own role as Ambassadors, & minding one's own wellbeing whilst online. pic.twitter.com/8x8WkomBD3
— Ardscoil Mhuire (@ASM_Limerick) February 8, 2022
Ardscoil Mhuire’s Principal, Ms Bríd Herbert, celebrated these student-led initiatives: “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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