February 7th marked the 20th anniversary of the global event which was also biggest one to date in this country
Safer Internet Day, which took place on Tuesday, February 7, 2023, was a resounding success and ISPCC was delighted to be involved in such an important event for children and young people.
Almost 200,000 children and young people throughout Ireland took part in initiatives around the country to mark the momentous occasion.
The Safer Internet Day launch took place in Dublin’s Chocolate Factory and focused on promoting respect and building empathy online. The student-led event included discussions and explorations of the opportunities and challenges as they relate to protecting, empowering and respecting children and young people navigating a digital world.
It was a privilege to listen to the remarkable young people participating in the event share their thoughts, hopes and dreams for the future.
Safer Internet Day 2023 also saw the official launch of the #SilentWitness awareness campaign.
This campaign was developed by Webwise (the Irish Internet Safety Awareness Centre) to explore the topic of online bullying and abuse. Developed in consultation with young people, incorporating the latest research, this campaign aims to spark conversations inside and outside the classroom, in homes, online and in the wider community.
The campaign comprises of three short powerful films which explore the nuances of online friendships, peer pressure, the notion of banter and the impact bullying can have on young people.
The Irish Safer Internet Centre partner organisations work towards a shared mission of making the internet a safer and more inclusive place for children and young people.
We at ISPCC are proud to partner with Hotline.ie, the National Parents Council Primary and Webwise.ie in this crucial endeavour.