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Safer Internet Day 2019
Constable Susan Moody (centre) with School Based Work coordinator Dr Brian Cummins and Child Protection and Safeguarding coordinator Dr Bronagh McKee
Constable Susan Moody (centre) with School Based Work coordinator Dr Brian Cummins and Child Protection and Safeguarding coordinator Dr Bronagh McKee
Constable Catherine Tumelty, PSNI Belfast Area Training
Constable Catherine Tumelty, PSNI Belfast Area Training

The theme for this year’s Safer Internet Day was ‘Together for a Better Internet’, and on 5th February Stranmillis students joined in with the global initiative to inspire conversation about using technology respectfully, responsibly and safely.

Prior to Safer Internet day, a series of talks, lectures and seminars took place, starting with a presentation on Cyber Crime Prevention to Year 3 and Year 4 BEd Post Primary students by Constable Susan Moody from the Police Service Northern Ireland (PSNI) Cybercrime Centre. As students prepare to go on placement, this session reinforced the importance of safe internet practice, not only for them as young teaching professionals, but for the pupils they will be working with.

In partnership with the Safeguarding Board for Northern Ireland and the PSNI, Dr Bronagh McKee, Stranmillis Child Protection and Safeguarding Coordinator, also organised a number of Virtual Reality: Keeping Safe Online training sessions. Participants included all 4 year groups in the B.Ed Post-Primary programme through modules in Personal and Professional Learning and School Based Work and final year BEd Primary students as part of Degree Enhancement. Student feedback was very positive, with comments such as: “The resources are excellent…”;  “This is such an important topic to teach children in schools.”;  “I’d recommend this training to anyone working with young people.”

Bronagh said: “This training builds on the learning and teaching that our students received in relation to ACE awareness (adverse childhood experiences) and trauma informed practice during Prevention Month (November) in Semester 1.  Stranmillis student teachers are looking forward to delivering the training to children in schools and to their parents, carers or guardians. We are delighted to continue our partnership work with both the Safeguarding Board NI and the PSNI”. 

 

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