The Houseparty App: What parents need to know
Cliona Curley, Programme Director at CyberSafeIreland, reflects on a newly emerging app which is gaining popularity among pre-teens… A child first mentioned the Houseparty app to me about 6 weeks ago. Since then we’ve noticed a steady increase in its popularity, especially among kids in 6th class, who are always on the watch for the latest […]
CyberSafeIreland comments on Deputy Jim Daly’s draft bill on use of smart devices by under 14s
Our CEO, Alex Cooney provided the following comment yesterday on Deputy Daly’s draft bill:
“Deputy Daly’s focusing of attention on the important issue of children’s safe use of the internet is welcome. Whilst we fully support the underlying focus of the bill to ensure appropriate adult supervision of their children whilst using Internet-enabled devices, we do not feel that the proposed bill offers the right approach. Prohibition does not work…”
CyberSafeIreland has released a short video for parents on Internet Safety Day 2017
Check out our scribe animation video with simple steps for parents to help them to empower their children to be stronger, smarter and safer online.
Read our article in the Independent – 15 Ways to Keep Children Safe Online
Not sure where to begin when it comes to safeguarding your children? Read our article with 15 steps that will go a long way towards stronger, smarter and safer kids online.
CyberSafeIreland has won an Elevator Award from Social Entrepreneurs Ireland!
We are absolutely delighted to announce that CyberSafeIreland has won a prestigious Elevator award from SEI. This funding and support in a year long programme will make a huge difference in helping us to reach every child in Ireland. We are so excited to have won this award in our first year of operation. Read More
Thought provoking and useful
Thought provoking and useful - thank you.
Great, informal, in touch
Great, informal, in touch, realistic and a parent too - thank you!
Not the usual scaremongering!
Good presentation and well presented. Not the usual scaremongering
Presenter was excellent
Presenter was excellent & extremely knowledgeable. Shall definitely be applying the info when I get home!
Pitched at the right level
Very informative. Pitched at the right level for 5th Class. Good tips & advice
Very well delivered workshop
Very well delivered workshop. Pupils were very involved in group discussion. I felt that showing children how to make their online profiles more private is very beneficial
Excellent session. Children enjoyed and it was set at an appropriate level for them and the popular website/games were discussed. Clear message of good practice was given given
Excellent session thank you. I was very surprised at difference between my awareness & theirs. I was shocked at how little I know, but also at how much they know & how literate they are
Brilliant. Totally relevant to the children's tech lives. A lot of info from cyberbullying to safe internet use to how and why to tell your parents you have seen something inappropriate online
Excellent session - very grateful to have had the opportunity to avail of it
Very enlightening - showed me how much I don't know and how much I need to research - thank you
Very timely and helpful session
Very timely and helpful session (as a parent of a 13 year with a smartphone and an 11 year old getting one next year) - huge thanks!
Excellent presentation. Very informative, short and concise
Excellent presentation. Very informative, short and concise. I got a good insight into Snapchat/Instagram. Now I will go home and check my settings etc.
Helped to create an awareness of internet safety
It was very informative & helped to create an awareness of internet safety/security
It was a great conversation starter
It was a great conversation starter. Lots covered. I think the girls have the tools to deal with unwanted contact from people through a variety of social media
Session eye-opening. I cannot believe the exposure that they have through apps that I haven't even heard of - session gave them practical advice on what to do to keep themselves safe
The children really thought twice after it
I really loved it and so did the kids as the speaker knew so much and the children really thought twice after it
Hugely engaging for students and they really enjoyed it
Overall, very informative. Hugely engaging for students and they really enjoyed it
Great clarity and facilitator related so well to the class
Really well delivered information. Great clarity and facilitator related so well to the class. Class felt very safe sharing stories and asking questions
V.G. interactive talk!
Thank you - v.g. interactive talk. Factual and practical advice given to students
Opened up a brilliant conversation about internet usage!
This session has been hugely informative. I have 2 girls aged 9 & 11 in the school and the sessions with them opened up a brilliant conversation about internet usage!
Brilliant & informative
Brilliant & informative. I learned an enormous amount even though I thought I was already quite well informed
It was fantastic...
It was fantastic to have such a well qualified individual presenting this talk
A particularly important lesson
I really enjoyed the session. I think it is a particularly important lesson for 4th, 5th and 6th class pupils as they are usually unaware of the dangers of the internet
Great workshop and very beneficial
Very knowledgeable, relevant, real life examples. I think it's a great workshop and very beneficial
Will help the teacher with future lessons
This workshop was really useful as it provided up-to-date cybersafety information for the children. It also educated the teacher on all the new apps available. This information will help the teacher with future lessons on social media.
Children were very open
Very good presentation. Young "cool" presenter who is aware of where the children are at and the apps they are using. Children were very open about what they are doing online
Great feedback and advice for parents!
Great workshops with the kids, made them more aware of being Cyber safe, great feedback and advice for parents.
We've had CyberSafeIreland to our school. Incredible! The skills they give to the children & more so the information back to parents after the class talks is invaluable. Would highly recommend them to any school.
Very informative. Very relevant. Terrific presentation. Huge amount of information
The children were fully engaged!
This course was well delivered. It was completely age-appropriate and the children were fully engaged.
Kids easily opened up to Cliona
Excellent presentation... very engaging. Kids easily opened up to Cliona and talked about what they are doing online
The session was excellent
The session was excellent. Cliona related really well to the children's level and it was pitched appropriately
Very enjoyable and very educational
Thank you for delivering a very important and relevant topic to my class. We found it very enjoyable and very educational.
Highly recommend for any school!
I found the internet safety talk very helpful and informative. It was clearly presented and age appropriate. There was lots of interaction for the students. Highly recommend for any school
Practical, relevant, and very well received
All three classes, 4th, 5th and 6th, were fully engaged in the Internet safety sessions. The speaker's up-to-date knowledge of the currently most popular apps added credibility and relevance to the message. The parents' session too was practical, relevant, and very well received.
Very informative and clear!
The boys, the Teachers and the SNAs were very impressed by the talks. They were they said "very informative and clear". The teachers also said "I can't believe there's so much going on out there that we don't know about. It's so important to inform kids about the dangers".
The Internet Safety Talk was extremely informative both for me as a teacher and for my students. There had been a lot of misconceptions about internet use and safety which were explained well and in a way the students understood clearly. They really enjoyed it and have a much clearer understanding of how they can now and in the future use the internet in a manner to protect themselves.
Relevant, up-to-date and age appropriate!
I was delighted that my class had the opportunity to take part in this workshop. The facilitator quickly built a good rapport with the pupils who were interested and engaged throughout. The information was relevant, up-to-date and age appropriate. I feel my pupils learned a great deal from this session - they will be more aware and better equipped to deal with the online world.