Safer Internet

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As we all know safer internet day was celebrated last week and what an appropriate time to do so after the shocking UCD scandal came out.

To put it in a nutshell what happened was, over 200 lads from UCD had created a group chat where they shared intimate photos, judged and told stories of different women they had been with. Absolutely horrible behaviour.

Safer Internet Day

This is a prime example of how dangerous the internet really is. Once you expose yourself like that it is very hard to take it back.

Broadcasting private information across your social media sites, sending inappropriate pictures to someone or even voluntarily posting them is not something you should just do without any thought. Think about this, would you be comfortable with these images or statements be published on the front page of a big national magazine? If the answer is no, then just don’t do it!

These issues effect especially our younger generation. Young girls may feel pressured or bullied into doing something like this by boys or even their friends just so you can ‘fit in’. You don’t need to listen to them, if it makes you uncomfortable then listen to yourself, you are a wise person.

I personally always heard scandals like this when I was in my teens, vulnerable pictures of my peers being sent around so others can laugh at them. It can really damage not only a person’s self-esteem but also their mental health. People online are vicious and do not care about you. Find out how this issue can be addressed below:

Lockers – WebWise

It is a new resource for schools on the topic of sexting has been launched to mark Safer Internet Day 2016. Lockers is an information and education resource. It assists schools in coping with and preventing the sharing of explicit self-generated images of minors.

Lockers is the first Irish education resource of its kind to tackle the sensitive subject of sexting.

Lockers is a Junior Cycle SPHE resource on the non-consensual sharing of intimate images

Intended for use with Junior Cycle SPHE classes, the education resource is supported by two newly developed animations and six lesson plans. Lockers was developed to support schools as they address the issue of non-consensual sharing of intimate images (sometimes referred to as ‘revenge porn’), in the context of the SPHE class.

Lockers is launched

The resource aims to foster empathy, respect and resilience and to help young people understand the consequences of their actions.

Lessons focus specifically on the laws around sexting, on the peer pressure and stereotyping that can contribute to non-consensual sharing and on how students can get help when incidents of non-consensual sharing occur. One of the lessons also explores the practice of victim-blaming, through the For Your Eyes Only animation and through an extract from Louise O’Neill’s bestselling book, Asking For It.

The resource features differentiated worksheets. This means that the resource can be easily adapted for use with students of different abilities and with different learning needs.

An information section for principals is included in Lockers

Also included in the resource is an information section for school leaders. This 25-page section informs principals on the context for sexting among young people, the laws that can come into effect when underage sexting occurs and the implications for school policy. Considerations for schools dealing with incidents of sexting are also outlined.

The resource is available, free of charge, to all schools

Lockers was produced by Webwise, in collaboration with the Special Education Support Service, the Inspectorate in the Department of Education and Skills, the HSE Crisis Pregnancy Programme, Pauline Walley SC, Brian Hallissey BL, and An Garda Siochána. The resource can be downloaded here and hard copies of the resource can be ordered, free of charge.