Safer Internet Day 2016

NPC, Virgin Media to run Internet safety classes for parents

Pictured: Tony Hanway, Virgin Media Ireland; Áine lynch, National Parents Council; and Alli MacDonnell with daughter Sara Dunne

9 February 2016

Virgin Media and the National Parents Council (NPC) have marked Safer Internet Day by launching a three-year partnership providing Internet safety classes for parents of primary schoolchildren.

The first series of Internet safety classes for parents will take place in Cork, Donegal, Dublin, Galway, Limerick, Louth, Offaly, Sligo, Tipperary and Wexford.

Virgin Media also announced the launch of a new online resource pack called The Web We Want for teachers.

The online resource includes training guides designed by teachers for teachers which include 10 ready-to-use lesson plans for 13- to 16-year-olds, and guides designed by and for teenagers, which integrate important aspects of digital living into everyday lessons. Topics covered in these guides include online rights and responsibilities, censorship, freedom of expression, ethical behaviour, and maintaining a positive digital footprint for future wellbeing.

Aine Lynch CEO of the NPC said: “The National Parents Council and Virgin Media want to help parents to be more assured and more involved in their children’s online lives. The Internet is a fabulous resource and it’s undeniably a part of everyday life for the future. Parents need information and support in their parenting role and we want to give them the confidence and skills to support their children as they enjoy using the Internet.”

“The need to guide and protect children online is no different to having to protect them in the real world,” Virgin Media CEO Tony Hanway said. “We believe this initiative will provide invaluable advice to parents wishing to learn ways they can ensure their children remain safe online.  The Internet offers a world of opportunity for children.  Our partnership with the NPC is designed to ensure that parents and children can extract the best from this world of opportunity while also ensuring that parents, teachers and kids have the necessary skills to ensure they remain safe online.”

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