According to a study in Ireland, over 92% of 8-12 year olds surveyed own a smart device, while 82% of those with a smart device said they have a social media account or message app account. As more young people use smart devices for school, entertainment, socialising and even study, they can be exposed to more risks online. However, young people in Foróige have demonstrated their ability to be digital leaders throughout the pandemic.
Some young people have used online tools and devices to solve community needs. Some examples include young people live streaming community events for cocooning community members to watch and informing their families and peers about credible information online. These great acts of digital leadership along with Online Safety initiatives are all ways to protect one another from the dangers online.
Safer Internet Day is an EU wide initiative that started in 2004 to promote a safer internet for all users, especially young people. Foróige recognises the importance of Online Safety and is proud to support Safer Internet Day.
As a part of Foróige's recognition of the importance of Online Safety, Foróige will be sharing hints and tips around being safe online as well as challenging young people to a quiz on Fake News and Misinformation. All of the information regarding Foróige's work to support Safer Internet Day can be found here on our site and throughout our social media. Follow us @Foroige on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
The quiz must be completed by 12pm on Monday the 14th of February. There will be a small prize for a winner of the challenge. Young people can take part in the quiz by clicking here.
(If there is more than one winner of the quiz, the winners will be entered into a draw and one winner randomly selected)
More information will be available on Foroige.ie and across our social media channels in the run up to and on February 8th. If you have any questions or if you wish to know more about Foróige's Online Safety Initiative, please email [email protected]