Cybersmarties is a really innovative exciting product for use in primary school...Overall it was a new exciting positive experience for both children and the teacher!
If I were a school principal I would most certainly want it in my school and I would encourage parents to embrace it. If I were the Minister for Education I would subsidise it for disadvantaged schools and Special Schools.
Cybersmarties.com is a progressive, up to date social media site developed for children, with childrens internet safety and education in mind. ... I would highly recommend the use of Cybersmarties.com to Parents and Teachers”
Cybersmarties.com will help:
- Develop netiquette and good habits
- Enjoyment of and confidence in communicating on social media
- Perspective taking
- Consideration and support for others
A nationwide survey conducted by O Moore, estimates that some 31% of primary and 16% of secondary students have been bullied at some time.
25% of children online participate in real time chat and 13 million use instant messaging, the risks of such children, either knowingly or innocently, interacting with a predator is deeply worrying (ibid)
89% of sexual solicitations were made in either chat rooms or instant messages and 1 in 5 young people (ages 10-17 years) have been sexually solicited online (Mitchell et al 2001).
Of the total Irish school-going population, some 23% or 200,000 children are at risk of being victims of bullying (O’Moore 1997).
EU Kids Online has also identified that 99% of young people aged nine to sixteen in Ireland use the Internet. Over half of these have set up their own profile on a social networking site.
Of the children surveyed, 28% were in online contact with a stranger either occasionally or every day. (ISPCC 2011).
One in four teenagers in Ireland have been victims of cyber-bullying, with one in four of those bullied claiming that it led to suicidal thoughts. (YouGov, 2015).
More than half of children have used an online social network by the age of 10 and Facebook tops the list of sites that children sign up to under-age, with 52 per cent of 8 to 16-year-olds admitting they had ignored the official age limit (Nominet 2014).
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