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UPC web safety handbook launched by Minister Frances Fitzgerald

‘The Web We Want’ written by children for children

UPC has teamed up with Minister Frances Fitzgerald TD and college pupils to launch a web safety handbook to mark ‘Safer Internet Day’.

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs helped to launch ‘The Web We Want’, an educational handbook designed for children aged between 13 and 16.

It was written by pupils from Adamstown Community College and focuses on internet safety, looking to encourage safe and responsible internet usage.

UPC then developed the handbook before launching it with the help of Minister Fitzgerald and Magnus Ternsjö, CEO of UPC Ireland.

At the launch, Minister Fitzgerald said that with more children using the internet for all sorts of tasks, there comes a responsibility to encourage safe usage.

“They’re surrounded by internet-enabled technologies such as computers, laptops, tablets and Smartphones, meaning that they can be connected almost anywhere at any time,” she said.

“So it makes sense to get children to think about their actions and to increase their awareness of safety and how their online activities affect themselves and others.”

‘The Web We Want’ handbook is part of a European Union initiative produced in co-operation with the European Schoolnet.

It uses a series of lessons and exercises to explain to children how they can develop their online skills, while allowing them to understand their rights when using the internet.

The aim is that they will then share what they have learned with others, enabling other children and adults to get a better understanding of the internet.

“The Internet has brought everyone immense benefits, what they often don’t consider are the potential dangers and effects of their actions,” explained Mr. Ternsjö.

“From unknowingly sharing sensitive account information to unwittingly downloading inappropriate content that maybe a friend recommended or shared, we need to be vigilant for the wellbeing of our children online.”

He added that the handbook will act as an important resource for both adults and young people, allowing everyone to understand the digital era.

Adamstown Community College has access to 100Mbps fibre power broadband from UPC under the National Schools Broadband Scheme. This aims to enhance the overall learning experience of pupils.

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