Most of us spend a significant amount of our lives connected in some way to the internet, through social media, work or school communication, gaming, news and information sites or chatrooms and forums. Both adults and young people are exposed to huge amounts of information and stimulation by various means.
Our suite of digital awareness workshops educate and inform young people, their parents and the professionals who work with them about the risks, the opportunities and the ways to keep ourselves safe while also reaping the huge potential benefits of staying connected.
Read on for information on the various options available.
Educating students about internet safety can be difficult, especially with constantly changing technologies and classroom time constraints. Our workshops provide up to date information and advice on current technology and trends in an informal and fun way, covering topics likecyber-bullying, stranger danger, creating a positive digital footprint and the negative impact social media can have on us as internet users
Our post primary workshops can be tailored to any year group. Our aim is to inform the students about the dangers that they may encounter online and through this knowledge create a positive digital footprint which they can be proud of. Topics include sexting, gambling, cyber-bullying, predators, pornography, gaming.
Our workshops educate parents and carers in the practical skills needed to set up parental controls and protect their children online while using their devices. We also provide knowledge on how to keep children safe while using some of the frequently used social media sites and tips on dealing with cyber-bullying. These workshops can be carried out with extended schools programmes, community and voluntary organisations or corporate organisations to support your employees
Our Professionals workshops are designed to provide staff with up to date information and knowledge on the issues that students/clients/patients may be facing in their online life and the potential dangers - in turn allowing your schorganisations to provide effective support in this area. We also cover personal use of social media and the internet, raising awareness of the importance of protecting their reputation and how to deal with negative online activity
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Fake News is not a new phenomenon, it has existed in various forms for a long time. However with the rise of the internet, fake news can now spread rapidly and reach more people than ever before.
With our young people being major consumers of the internet, they are vulnerable to being manipulated by inaccurate, untrue or even dangerous information. This workshop aims to give participants the skills needed to identify fake news, to look further than a headline or tweet, and to employ critical thinking to dig deeper into the information which may be widely published and spread on the internet.
The workshop will be an interactive session where participants will discuss why we get taken in by fake news, the reasons fake news is produced, the potential consequences and they will attempt to identify fake news in the real world. By the end of the session the particpants will be better equipped to consume media in a more analytical and responsible manner.
Deliberately digital aims to deal with the issues that arise when technology is being used for both social interaction and as a learning or work platform.
The programme will encourage participants to recognise the positives and negatives of using digital media, and apply the provided tips to improve their habits and ensure that their use of technology does not cause them to lose focus.
The 1.5 hour workshop will focus on how we can use technology, social media and apps to improve productivity and connectedness, while not allowing poor habits to develop which can lead to distraction, ineffective use of valuable time and an increased sense of isolation.
In our increasingly online world, finding the balance between our real and digital lives can be difficult.
Our digital lives can connect us to friends and family, share experiences and allow us to learn new things but online activities can also negatively effect our 'real' world. This workshop explores the ways that our online habits can impact our mental health, self esteem, relationships and even our sleep.
The workshop will shine a light on the bad habits that can creep into family life. Participants will leave the session with easy and practical steps to follow to ensure their online activities don't negatively impact their life rather than enrich it.