Cybersmarties – The Safe Social Network Training Platform for Kids

Cybersmarties.com mission is to teach the next generation of internet users how to engage with social media in a positive manner so that the mistakes of the past do not become their future.

An Garda Síochána Endorsement

Cybersmarties is working in conjunction with The Garda National Protective Services Bureau to help combat the dangers of cyberbullying and promote positive mental health among Irish primary school children on a practical level. We have been working with the Garda National Protective Services Bureau for over two years now and we are incredibly grateful to have the support of such a dedicated and forward thinking group of professionals. The An Garda Siochána Patent for Safety is a testament to the safety features we have implemented to ensure children are kept safe online.

UNICEF/Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children

We are proud to announce we are officially a member of the UNICEF/ Global Partnership to End Violence against Children! Every year, 1+ billion children suffer violence in diverse forms: physical, psychological, sexual, and cyber-bullying. Children with hopes, dreams, and the potential to change the world. Cybersmarties are committed to contributing to the partnership in our capacity to protect children online and provide a safe haven for children to communicate together, learn and most importantly just be children

What is Cybersmarties ?

CyberSmarties.com is the first safe social network training platform developed specifically for Primary School children. Cybersmarties has been awarded the An Garda Siochána Patent for Safety and is a UNICEF/End Violence Against Children Global Partner. Cybersmarties purpose is to introduce children aged 7 to 12 years to the world of social media in a protected safe environment so that they learn the key skills in how to interact with others in a positive manner. CyberSmarties is a locked down, fully monitored and fully functional social network for children only and is the first social network to authenticate each child as a real child. Only authenticated children can use our platform. CyberSmarties’ mission is to change how children use social media so that the next generation will begin the necessary evolution to make social networks become a place for people to safely learn, engage, and talk to each other from around the world. There have been .0018% instances of negative behaviour on Cybersmarties to date as a result of our positive habit-forming technology – We’re very proud of that.

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Partners we are proud of

Cybersmarties Impact

83.5
% of Messages Corrected using Behavioural Technology
93.5
% of Teachers Identified it as useful
98.7
% of Cyber Bullying Instances prevented
92.5
% of kids who felt "Safe and Protected"
94.6
% reduction in inappropriate behaviour
76.8
% of Kids using Cybersmarties after school hours

Testimonials

  • Cybersmarties is a really innovative exciting product for use in primary school. By initially using the lesson plans provided to introduce this class based social network, you can teach some facts to the children about social media and build up a positive attitude towards it. The children in my class loved the whole experience. They really enjoyed making friends and sending messages to each other. The children also messaged me which created a nice communication between us that we would not have had previously. Overall it was a new exciting positive experience for both children and the teacher!

    Miss O'Shea St Patricks Girls School, Limerick
  • When I first heard about Cybersmarties I thought "Why didn't I think of this first? It's a brilliant idea." Children don’t automatically know how to behave on social networking sites they need to learn first. The best way to do that is to actually use a restricted site in a controlled and safe environment. This is where Cybersmarties has come in. 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.

    Yvonne Curran (ICT Teacher) Scoil Chiaráin Special School
  • Cybersmarties.com is a progressive, up to date social media site developed for children, with childrens internet safety and education in mind. At Cybersmarties.com they have a keen understanding of what makes for safe and responsible use of social media as well as how to tackle the negative behaviours which can result in cyberbullying and other misuse. They do this through a clever form of positive reinforcement using video clips and daily messages which promote responsible use by children at an early age. I would highly recommend the use of Cybersmarties.com to Parents and Teachers.

    John Wills School Cyber Safety Consultant, Psychologist) (BA Psych;MA; Dip CBT
  • What children need is a basic building block; a skill set that will serve them in good stead for lifelong engagement with the internet, and will ensure that they can cope on the occasions when the cyber-wolf comes to the door. The skill set needs to include: discernment; critical thinking; empathy; and the ability to cope when presented with uncomfortable behaviour. CyberSmarties.com is about developing these relevant and age appropriate attitudes and strategies in a supervised and controlled cyber environment. CyberSmarties.com’s values relate comfortably to personal safety aspects of the SPHE Curriculum, and relate to strands such as ‘Myself and the wider world – media education’, and ‘Myself and others’. 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.

    Pat Courtney B.A,M.Ed,Director of Anti Bullying Services, former National Anti-Bullying Co-ordinator SPHE, Dept of Education

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