Webwise is the Irish Internet Safety Awareness Centre which is co-funded by the Department of Education and Skills and is co-financed by the European Union’s Connecting Europe Facility.
Webwise is part of the PDST Technology in Education, which promotes and supports the integration of Digital Technology in teaching and learning in first and second level schools.
The PDST Technology in Education is a section of the Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST). The PDST is a support service of Teacher Education Section, Department of Education and Skills and is hosted by Dublin West Education Centre.
Webwise core work
Webwise promotes the autonomous, effective, and safer use of the internet by young people through a sustained information and awareness strategy targeting parents, teachers, and children themselves with consistent and relevant messages.
We develop and disseminate resources that help teachers integrate internet safety into teaching and learning in their schools. We also provide information, advice, and tools to parents to support their engagement in their children’s online lives. With the help of the Webwise Youth Advisory Panel we develop youth oriented awareness raising resources and campaigns that address topics such as cyber bullying.
We are members of the Insafe network and the SaferInternetIE (SII) project. This is a consortium of industry, education, child welfare and government partners that provide awareness, hotline and helpline functions and activities in the Republic of Ireland. The programme partners include:
- Awareness and Education: Webwise (PDST Technology in Education)
- Helplines: ISPCC Childline and the National Parents Council Primary
- Hotline: The Internet Service Providers Association of Ireland (ISPAI) Hotline.ie
The project, coordinated by the Department of Justice and Equality.
More information can be found here: webwise.ie/news/the-safer-internet-ireland-awareness-centre-2/
Webwise is also member of the National Advisory Council for Online Safety (NACOS) and is a key educational resource identified in the Government Action Plan for Online Safety.