We provide internet safety seminars to primary school students from 2nd to 6th class. eSafety has been working in schools for over 5 years now. We understand that internet trends and popular websites are cyclical but all the lessons learned are the same – that it is crucial for children to be educated on how to use the internet in a safe and responsible manner and that they begin their online experience with a comprehension of good internet etiquette and an awareness of the dangers which exist online.
eSafety provides information seminars with both 5th and 6th class. We have seen the age of internet users drop year on year, and now with social networking sites targeting children as young a 6, it is important to equip children with the necessary information as they begin their lifelong internet journey.
The session normally lasts for 30- 45 minutes with 15 minutes for questions and answers. However, we can tailor our seminars to fit whatever time schedule you are working with.
You can book a session via our contact page here.
Primary School Seminars
Cyber-bullying involves the use of information and communication technologies to support deliberate, repeated, and hostile behavior by an individual or group, which is intended to harm others. Cyberbullying is a relatively recent method of bullying made possible because of the technological advances over the past 10-15 years. Two of the most notable of these advances are the internet and the mobile phone. With the world wide web being 15 years old, it has become an integral part of many children’s lives.
At eSafety , we have examined the various ways in which Cyber Bullying is utilised and the effects it can have on young people. Based on our experience, we have developed effective & approachable strategies to help combat this problem and to give young people a better understanding and ways to deal with it.
Social Networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter have completely changed the online landscape. At the touch of a button, someone can connect with people on the other side of the world or even form friendships with complete strangers. Of course, with this kind of technology, there will always be misuse. We must teach young people how to approach social networks in a safe way and to instil a sense of responsibility and an awareness of the importance of maintaining their privacy.
We have found that children as young as 6 are using social networking sites and that some have been allowed to use Facebook from as young as 8. Social Networks are here to stay, so it is important that we embrace the technology, while educating young people on how to do so in a safe way.
Digital Fingerprints (Future Reputations)
Once something is posted online, it can be accessible forever.What was cool, funny, or innocuous at age 11 or 12 could prove embarrassing or even damaging when you’re 24 or 42. We must communicate clearly to young people that the way the live their online life can affect their reputation. Things that are posted or uploaded today can have consequences when young people go looking for jobs, apply to colleges etc. The internet has a permanent memory, so we must prepare young people to be vigilant about what they say and how they conduct themselves.
The rise in popularity of Smart-phones, Tablets & Internet-Capable Handheld Gaming Devices means that people can often access online services anytime, anywhere. With such prolific internet use being common, it is more important than ever to inform young people about the nature of ‘Always On’ technology and what they can do to stay secure.
Peer-to-peer (file sharing)
Another popular application is “peer-to-peer” file swapping, sometimes called file-sharing. These programs allow you to swap or share files from your own computer to another over the Internet. The majority of these sites are used for illegal file sharing of copyrighted material (songs, films etc) and there is the real threat of downloading computer viruses, pornography or other unsuitable graphic or offensive material.
Playing video games is one of the most popular pastimes among young people in Ireland. With the development of seamless communication between players, anyone can now play the likes of Call of Duty, Halo & FIFA with others across the globe. The majority of these online services feature chat functions which allow players to chat with opponents, teammates etc.
We have worked in a range of both Primary and Post-primary schools. To see more about our primary school work click here, to see more about eSafety’s work in Post-primary schools, click here.