We invited Cyber safety experts, Garda Barbara Kelly and Garda Derek Halligan to chat to our Fifth and Sixth Classes last week.
They had plenty of good advice for everyone.
We have seen a rapid rise in engagement in social media and online gaming by our pupils in recent years. Children as young as Junior Infants are playing games such as Fortnite even though it has an age 12 rating! We have increasing incidents of children sending hurtful comments online or excluding others. Some pupils are also spending an enormous amount of time engaging online to the detriment of their sleep, physical exercise and learning opportunities-and, ultimately, their well-being and relationships.
On the plus side, from talking to our pupils this week, we know that very many of them are wise to the dangers of over engagement online. They need the support of their families with this!