The management, staff and students at Coláiste Mhuire Johnstown will actively participate in Safer Internet Day (S.I.D.) tomorrow – Tuesday, 5th February 2013. This is an international initiative which is currently in it’s tenth year. The theme of this year’s programme is “Connect With Respect“.
CONNECT WITH RESPECT – “PROMISE” Video (click to view)
Over the course of the day, teachers will play the Irish YouTube video titled “PROMISE” (click to view). This has been developed especially for S.I.D. by the PDST Technology in Education. Formerly known as the NCTE, they are responsible for Internet Safety in schools and filter out all unsuitable websites and social networking sites, such as Facebook. They host a number of websites dedicated to the area of Internet Safety. Most notably, www.webwise.ie for parents & teachers and www.watchyourspace.ie for young persons.
The Office for Internet Safety (O.I.S.) in the Dept. of Justice & Equality also endorse the work of the PDST. The O.I.S. have their own website www.internetsafety.ie which is also a valuable site for parents, teachers and students.
During the day, Transition Year students who were recently involved in the Coláiste Mhuire Cyberbullying Initiative will talk to first & second year students about their research findings. Information Leaflets have been prepared and will be distributed to the students. Tomorrow evening will see parents of our second year students attend a Parent-Teacher Meeting, where an area will be designated for further distribution and discussion of information in this area.
The aim of this initiative is to promote the “Connect With Respect” message and to get the by-standers who witness but fail to report unacceptable acts on-line, such as cyber-bullying. The hope is to change the current culture of indifference from by-standers who may witness such acts but do little or nothing to flag this negative behaviour. The younger this message can be learned, the better the chances of eliminating the current culture. Why not watch the Connect With Respect video aimed at the primary school sector.
Connect With Respect (Primary School video)
Should you require any further information, please feel free to contact the school office on 056-8831135 where a member of our Local Education Committee will be happy to address you.