UPC Ireland launches digital empowerment tools for young people

Web We Want resource aims to boost internet safety

Eoin Clarke
by Eoin Clarke on 10th February, 2015

UPC Ireland has launched a new educational resource to aid the digital empowerment and development of critical thinking skills in young people.

Developed in partnership with Webwise and Google, the Web We Want online handbook and lesson planner was launched to coincide with Safer Internet Day 2015 and includes lesson plans for 13 to 16 year olds.

The resource is backed by the European Commission and created by teachers, for teachers, with pilot schemes across Europe.

Online responsibilities

Key topics included in Web We Want are: online rights and responsibilities, censorship, freedom of expression, personal data management, ethical behaviours and maintaining a positive online presence.

UPC recognises the importance of the scheme as more young people have access to smartphones and tablets and are more likely to be using the Internet.

They are accessing content at younger ages and the increasing use of mobile means they are less likely to be supervised when doing so.

Supporting teachers and parents

Anna Maria Barry, Corporate Communications General Manager at UPC Ireland, said the three educational toolkits could provide support for teachers and parents alike.

“UPC believes in the importance of protecting children online through education and empowerment,” she said.

“Our educational tools engage government, educators, industry and families enabling us to create a better internet together.”

UPC are committed to developing educational resources that can aid teachers with practical and easy to use solutions; claiming that both parents and teachers have a direct role to play in developing digital empowerment and ensuring young people are ready for the modern workplace.

The Web We Want handbook and lesson plans are available in 12 languages and are available to download via http://webwewant.eu/

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