Laura Cullen, a student at St Clare’s Comprehensive School, is taking an active part in the fight against cyber bullying.
Laura wil help to promote Safer Internet Day, a global safety initiative that takes place on Tuesday next, February 11.
Laura is a member of the 30 strong Safer Internet Ireland Youth Advisory Panel, who work closely with Webwise, and are tasked with playing an active role in developing anti-cyber bullying campaigns and contributing to policy advice to the Department of Education and Skills and the Department of Justice and Equality.
Safer Internet Day 2014 is organised in Ireland by Webwise, the Internet Safety initiative of the Professional Development Service for Teacher (PDST), and aims to educate and raise awareness about protecting children online, so that they can responsibly enjoy the benefits of the Internet, without compromising their safety and privacy.
This year’s call to action is “Let’s Create a Better Internet Together”.
To celebrate Safer Internet Day 2014, Webwise will run a nationwide awareness campaign to promote cyber safety with online content, school-based events and competitions, and traditional media elements.
The focus of Safer Internet Day 2014 in Ireland will be to reach out to young people and encourage them to address the issue of cyber bullying themselves by leading awareness raising campaigns in their clubs, schools, and communities.
The Minister for Education will launch the #UP2US pack containing awareness raising collateral, a new teaching resource for dealing with the issue of cyber bullying through the SPHE curriculum in post primary schools and an innovative interactive poster initiative.
The pack will challenge young people to find new ways to use the internet and social media to stand up to bullying and show solidarity with victims.
The ‘Watch your Space’ website has information and advice for secondary school students as they stand up to bullying and try to make their communities anti-bullying zones. The website contains lots of resources and ideas that will help young people lead their own anti-bullying initiatives. Check out www.watchyourspace.ie