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Online Safety Programme

At Barnardos, we believe in children’s rights and for children to have a say in matters that affect them. We want our Online Safety workshops to be child-led and relevant. As such, we conduct focus groups with children and young people to help inform our workshops. The focus groups report on different issues relating to online safety.

Thank you to the many schools who allowed us to do focus groups with their students. 

Year One - Online Safety Survey Results Summary Report 2020

Due to COVID-19 restrictions in schools, unfortunately we were not able to complete focus groups in our first year. Instead, we conducted base line research and a needs analysis around online safety with our target audiences: children, teachers and parents. We also asked children how they felt about home schooling and their concerns online.

Year two - Lesson Plans for Schools 2021

Covid restrictions were still in place in year 2. We created lesson plans for teachers and parents that would help them with home schooling. Our lesson plans based on our S.T.A.R programme. They can be used as stand alone lessons, or as a compliment to our workshops. As always, we signpost to Be Internet Legends – the interactive resource about online safety created by Google.

Year Three - Cyberbullying 2022

We were delighted to be able to conduct our focus groups for the first time in year 3. We visited schools across the country, speaking to children on the topic of cyberbullying. As well as these focus groups, we surveyed children aged 8-12 years. We learned a lot from these focus groups and the language and scenarios in our workshops changed as a result.

What was noteworthy from this research was that 60% of children surveyed would never tell their parents if they were cyberbullied online. It is clear that children still fear the reaction their parents might have if something negative happens to them online. As such, we need to work harder to reach more parents so they can learn conversation starters to start having an open dialogue about online safety with their child.

Year four - Gaming 2023

We spoke with over 700 children from 3rd to 6th class, about the pros and cons of online gaming.

Results show that while online gaming is a positive part of children’s lives, there is also a real need to improve safety functions.

Contact Us

For more information or to book a workshop please contact our team,
email: [email protected] or phone: 01-4530355

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