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Staying safe online

With so much of how we learn and keep in touch with each other moving online over the course of the last two years, internet safety has never been more important. Safer Internet Day is celebrated globally each year – and is today, Tuesday, 8th February – with the aim of encouraging children and young people to use digital technology carefully and positively, and to help us all to think about we can become more responsible and respectful and look out for the interests of others when online.

Childline has produced a range of quick guides for young people which deal with some of the dangers which can be caused when the internet is misused. These cover cyber–bullying, online gaming, and mobile phone safety are available at this link.

Advice and tips tailored for young people, parents, carers and teachers are available at the UK Safer Internet Centre website (www.saferinternet.org.uk) and on www.webwise.ie

Our own social media guidelines encourage everyone in the Church to help keep others safe online, show responsibility and courtesy, tell people who they are, and remember that posts can be public and permanent. Find out more at this link.

Protecting children and young people from harm as digital media changes and develops, is a key part of our safeguarding responsibilities in the Church. We’re all on a learning curve as society becomes more digital but as always, we’re called to treat other people as we would wish to be treated. Showing care and respect for others in what we say and do online is part of our discipleship as followers of Jesus.

Shared on behalf of the Church of Ireland Safeguarding Board

Contact Details

Contact Details

Safeguarding Trust is the Church of Ireland’s Code of Good Practice for Ministry with Children.

Adult Safeguarding is the Church of Ireland’s Code of Good Practice for Ministry with Adults at Risk.

All policy documents and supporting information are available on our Safeguarding website: www.sg.ireland.anglican.org

Ms Gillian Taylor

Safeguarding Officer (NI)
Church of Ireland House
61–67 Donegall Street
028 9082 8860


Mr Robert Dunne

Safeguarding Officer (RI)
Church of Ireland House
Church Avenue
Dublin 6
01 4125 661


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