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General Links


Better Internet for Kids (www.betterinternetforkids.eu) Information, guidance and resources on better internet issues.

Department of Justice and Equality (www.justice.ie)

Hotline (www.hotline.ie) Irish hotline for public reports of child pornography.

Internet Content Governance Advisory Group (www.dcenr.gov.ie/Broadcasting/ICG/) The website of the ICGA Group.

Internet Service Providers Association of Ireland(www.ispai.ie)

Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (ISPCC) (www.ispcc.ie) Website for ISPCC who campaign and lobby for children's rights.

PDST Technology in Education (www.pdsttechnologyineducation.ie) The PDST Technology in Education promotes and supports the integration of ICT in teaching and learning in first and second level schools. It is part of the national support service, the Professional Development Service for Teachers, which operates under the aegis of the Department of Education and Skills. The functions of the PDST Technology in Education were previously the responsibility of the National Centre for Technology in Education (NCTE). The NCTE was integrated into the PDST in June 2012. The PDST is managed by the Dublin West Education Centre (DWEC).

Data Protection Commissioner (www.dataprotection.ie)
This site gives information on individuals' rights and on organisations' responsibilities with regard to data protection.

An Garda Síochána (www.garda.ie) Ireland’s National Police Service

CARI (www.cari.ie) Children at risk in Ireland. The CARI Foundation is a registered charity which helps children, families and groups affected by child sexual abuse.

Ombudsman for Children’s Office (www.oco.ie) This site gives information regarding children and young peoples rights

INHOPE (www.inhope.org) The Internet Hotline Providers in Europe Association facilitates the work of European hotlines in responding to illegal use and content on the internet.

Family Online Safety Institute (www.fosi.org) The Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) is an international, non-profit membership organization working to develop a safer Internet by identifying and promoting best practices, tools and methods that also respect free speech.

INSAFE (www.saferinternet.org) A network of national nodes that coordinate internet safety awareness in Europe. Comprehensive and informative, it provides a wealth of information on internet safety.

Europe Direct Hotline (www.ec.europa.eu/europedirect) The free public information service that provides answers to questions about safer use of the internet and online technologies.

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Safety Tips


Wired Safety (www.wiredsafety.org)Wired Safety provides help, information and education to Internet and mobile device users of all ages.

Chat Danger (www.chatdanger.com) - A site all about the potential dangers on interactive services online like chat, IM, online games, email and on mobiles.

EU Safer Internet Programme (www.ec.europa.eu/saferinternet) - Aims to promote safer use of the Internet and new online technologies, particularly for children, and to fight against illegal content and content unwanted by the end-user, as part of a coherent approach by the European Union.

Safety Tips from EU Safer Internet Programme (ec.europa.eu/information_society/activities/sip/safety_tips/index_en.htm)

Council of Europe Website on Internet Literacy (www.coe.int/internet-literacy) - Here you can find tools and materials to help you stay safe on the Internet, protect your human rights and get the most out of your online experience.

Council of Europe online game “Through the Wild Web Woods” (www.wildwebwoods.org)

Google Family Safety Tips (www.google.com/familysafety)

YouTube Safety (www.youtube.com/t/safety)

Google Help Center (www.google.com/support)

Be Web Aware (www.bewebaware.ca) – Canadian web awareness website

Connect Safely (www.connectsafely.org) - ConnectSafely is for parents, teens, educators, advocates - everyone engaged in and interested in the impact of the social Web.

US National Cyber Security Alliance (www.staysafeonline.org) - provides free and non-technical cyber security and safety resources to the public, so consumers, small businesses and educators have the know how to avoid cyber crime.

Get Net Wise (www.getnetwise.org) - GetNetWise is a public service brought to you by Internet industry corporations and public interest organizations to help ensure that Internet users have safe, constructive, and educational or entertaining online experiences.

Net Smartz (www.netsmartz.org)

Facebook Help Centre (www.facebook.com/help.php?safety)

MySpace A Guide for Parents and Families: (cms.myspacedn.com/cms/SafetySite/documents/MySpaceParentGuide.pdf)

Safekids.com (www.safekids.com) - This site is where you will find tips, advice and suggestions to make your family’s online experience fun and productive

Make IT Secure (www.makeitsecure.org) - This Irish website provides information on how to protect your computer and how to safely enjoy the benefits of connecting to the internet.

Webwise (www.webwise.ie) - Webwise provides parents and teachers with educational resources, advice and information about potential dangers on the internet and empowers users to minimise or avoid these risks. Webwise shares best practice, information and resources with European partners through the Insafe network. Operated by the PDST Technology in Education.

Cyber Angels (www.cyberangels.org) - Comprehensive international site offering practical advice and lists of suggested safe sites and child-friendly search engines.

Childnet International (www.childnet-int.org) - Excellent example of a good all-round safety site for children.

Net Family News (www.netfamilynews.org) - Provides useful information and links for families, teachers and guardians of kids that go online.

Cyberbullying.org (www.cyberbullying.org) - Provides information on cyber-bullying

Cyber Smart (www.cybersmart.gov.au) - This site will help you and your family to find out how to be cybersmart and use the internet safely

Get Safe Online (www.getsafeonline.org/) - A online safety resource website sponsored by the British Government and leading businesses to help individuals and small businesses protect themselves against internet problems.

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Child Safety


Childline (http://www.childine.ie) - Childline is one of the services run by the ISPCC – The Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. Childline is run by professionally trained ISPCC staff and volunteers.

Virtual Global Taskforce (VGT) (www.virtualglobaltaskforce.com) The Virtual Global Taskforce (VGT) is made up of police forces from around the world working together to fight online child abuse

Safer Internet for Children Qualitative Study 2007 – National Analysis Ireland
(ec.europa.eu/information_society/activities/sip/docs/eurobarometer/ qualitative_study_2007/ireland.pdf)

UK Council on Child Internet Safety (http://www.education.gov.uk/ukccis) - The UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS) unites over 100 organisations from the public and private sector working with the Government to deliver recommendations from Dr Tanya Byron’s report Safer Children in a Digital World.

Europe-wide qualitative study “Safer Internet for Children” 2007
(ec.europa.eu/information_society/activities/sip/docs/eurobarometer/ qualitative_study_2007/summary_report_en.pdf)

Council of Europe online game “Through the Wild Web Woods” (www.wildwebwoods.org)

Childnet International (www.childnet-int.org) - Excellent example of a good all-round safety site for children.

Kid Smart (www.kidsmart.org.uk) - is an award winning practical internet safety programme website for schools, young people, parents, and agencies, produced by the children's internet charity Childnet International.

Barnardos (www.barnardos.ie) - Barnardos supports children whose well-being is under threat, by working with them, their families and communities and by campaigning for the rights of children. Barnardos was established in Ireland in 1962 and is Ireland's leading independent children's charity.

Google tips for online safety (www.google.com/intl/en/landing/familysafety/ )

Safekids.com (www.safekids.com) - This site is where you will find tips, advice and suggestions to make your families online experience fun and productive

Cyber Smart (www.cybersmart.gov.au) - This site will help you and your family to find out how to be cybersmart and use the internet safely

EU Kids Online (www.eukidsonline.net) - The EU Kids Online project (2006-2009) examines research carried out in 21 member states into how children and young people use the internet and new media. This site contains details about the project and its participants, the reports that are currently available, covering what is researched, what the data show and methodological issues in researching children, researching online and researching cross-nationally. There are also online resources relating to methodological issues.

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Child Friendly Websites


Spunout (www.spunout.ie) - Ireland's National Youth Website. SpunOut.ie is a youth-led media initiative covering all aspects of youth info, health, lifestyle and activism


Ask About Ireland (http://www.askaboutireland.ie) - Ask About Ireland is your place to find answers about Ireland. Our countryside, our heritage, the way we work and play. Here you'll have unique access to new information, rare images and documents from Irish public libraries, museums and archives.


Foróige (www.foroige.ie) - The purpose of Foróige is to enable young people to involve themselves consciously and actively in their own development and in the development of society.


Dáil na nÓg (www.dailnanog.ie) - Dáil na nÓg is an annual event where the children and young people of Ireland meet on a national level to discuss issues that are important to them.

Kidsclick.org (www.kidsclick.org) - Kidsclick.org is a child friendly search engine, which is owned and run by the School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) at Kent State University, Ohio.


Disney Online (www.disney.com) - The magical place on the Internet where kids and their parents connect with their friends to play, to learn, and to explore.


ABC - Count Us In (www.abc.net.au/countusin/default.htm) - games designed to help children understand basic number concepts.


Fisher Price (www.fisher-price.com/us/playtime) - designed for infants, toddlers, or preschoolers activities to help them learn letters, numbers, colours and shapes - includes colour pictures online and play a variety of fun games.


Magic Keys (www.magickeys.com/books) - is a wonderful place for young children to read or be read to. All books include colourful illustrations that are sure to keep your child interest.


Crayola (www.crayola.com) - lots of easy, kid-friendly crafts and games to play. Requires a free membership to access craft ideas.


Take a walk in the woods (www.urbanext.uiuc.edu/woods) - see nature and find out about the different types of trees and plants that live in them.

Learning Planet (www.learningplanet.com) - Fun, interactive activities to help children learn math, languages, problem solving and grammar.


Council of Europe online game “Through the Wild Web Woods” (www.wildwebwoods.org)


Paulys Playhouse (www.paulysplayhouse.com) - Silly games - totally kid friendly.


Nick Jr. (www.nickjr.com) - From Nick Jr. online kids games and kids activities to Nick Jr. favorite TV shows like Blue’s Clues, Dora the Explorer, Go, Diego, Go!, and The Backyardigans , NickJr.com is the place for preschoolers and parents who love Nick Jr.


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Cyberbullying


Barnardos (www.barnardos.ie) - Barnardos supports children whose well-being is under threat, by working with them, their families and communities and by campaigning for the rights of children. Barnardos was established in Ireland in 1962 and is Ireland's leading independent children's charity.

Bullying UK (www.bullying.co.uk) {formerly known as Bullying Online}
- As the UK's top anti-bullying charity website, they offer information and advice to victims as well as their families.

Stop Cyberbullying (www.stopcyberbullying.org)

National Office for Suicide Prevention (www.nosp.ie) – The NOSP oversee the implementation of 'Reach Out' the National Strategy for Action on Suicide Prevention, co-ordinate suicide prevention efforts around the country and speak regularly with agencies and individuals interested and active in suicide prevention

Cyberbullying.org (www.cyberbullying.org) - Provides information on cyber-bullying

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Social Networking Tips


Childnet (http://old.digizen.org/cyberbullying/fullfilm.aspx) - Lets fight it together Cyberbullying file and teacher’s guide


Facebook Help Centre (www.facebook.com/help.php?safety)


MySpace Guide for School Administrators (cms.myspacecdn.com/cms/SafetySite/documents/SchoolAdministratorGuide.pdf)

MySpace A Guide for Parents and Families (http://cms.myspacecdn.com/cms/SafetySite/documents/MySpaceParentGuide.pdf)


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Mobile Phone Safety Tips


European Framework for Safer Mobile Use by Younger Teenagers and Children (http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/activities/sip/self_reg/phones/index_en.htm)

Irish Cellular Industry Association’s Parents’ Guide to Mobile Phones
(www.icia.ie/ibec/buspolicies/parentsguidetomobilephones.pdf)

O2 child protection website (www.o2.ie/childprotection)


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Internet Fraud



Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation (www.garda.ie) - The Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation (GBFI) is a specialist office of An Garda Síochána (Ireland's National Police Service) that investigates fraud-related crime involving complex issues of criminal law or procedure.

Safe Card (www.safecard.ie) - Safecard was established by the Irish Payment Services Organisation (IPSO) to raise awareness about the harmful effects of credit and debit card fraud. The site offers simple, yet effective loss prevention advice to retailers and consumers.

OnGuard Online (www.onguardonline.gov) - US website which provides practical tips from the federal government and the technology industry to help you be on guard against Internet fraud, secure your computer, and protect your personal information.

UK Home Office Identity Theft Home Page (www.identity-theft.org.uk) - This website can help you protect yourself, advises what to do if it happens to you and suggests where to get further help.

Make IT Secure (www.makeitsecure.org) - This Irish website provides information on how to protect your computer and how to safely enjoy the benefits of connecting to the internet.


Stop-IDFraud.ie (www.stop-idfraud.ie) - This site can help you and your business understand how identity fraud occurs and how you can take steps to protect yourself.


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Filtering Software



Reassure Me (www.reassureme.com)

CyberPatrol (www.cyberpatrol.com)


Censor Net (http://www.censornet.com)


SafeEyes (http://www.safeeyes.com)


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