Safer Internet Day Ambassador Training Day 2018

Safer Internet Day Ambassador Training Day

The Safer Internet Day Ambassador Training session in Facebook would not have been as much as success as it was without the help of our SID Trainers. Here is what some of them had to say about their experiences. A massive thank you to all of the trainers who took part on the day: Sarah Connor, Sean Thompson, Darren May, Luke Casserly, Sean Murphy, Zak Aboukrhes, Aisling Dunphy, Jane Hayes Nally, and Einman Mohammed Elsir. 


Safer Internet Day Ambassador Training Day

Being a SID Trainer

By Eiman Mohammed Elsir

I was quite honored when Jane from ISSU, asked me to take part in Training ambassadors for Safer Internet Day 2018. Being the girl filled with a drive for advocating safer internet usage, I couldn’t turn down an opportunity like this, knowing they don’t come around often.

My role as a trainer, which was a new experience, meant I had to be the teacher. I was the one the ambassadors turned to for problems or queries, I’m never really at that end of things. Thankfully, I had a partner to help guide me through and the lovely Tracy from Webwise, to guide us so I was well prepared. However, being a ‘teacher’ of sorts is much more challenging when you’re actually on that playing field. You must keep the attention of the distracted and talkative ones, and the ones that didn’t necessarily want to be there. You must make sure you encourage the quiet ones and let them express their opinion, and tame the ones whose ambition levels are to the sky. This experience gave me the utmost respect for teachers!

My favourite part of the whole event, was when I got to talk to the ambassadors and ask them questions about what they’ll be doing for their SID event in their school. These are people I had never met, but I got to learn so much about them after they told me their ideas. And everyone had an idea, everyone was passionate about safer internet usage. It’s honestly very reassuring knowing that there are people who want to make a difference and are taking action.

All in all, a very productive day and experience and I can’t wait for SID 2018 on the 6th of February!!!


Safer Internet Day Ambassador Training Day

Webwise and ISSU SID Ambassador Training

By Jane Hayes Nally

The Safer Internet Day 2018 project ran over the span of eight months, and concluded with the Webwise ISSU Ambassador Training for Safer Internet Day 2018, at the Facebook European Headquarters in Dublin. This year’s tagline was #BeInCNTRL.

The project was organised and reviewed in great detail and to a great extent by the team of Trainers from the Irish Second Level Students’ Union: Sarah Connor (Galway), Sean Thompson (Wexford), Darren May (Dublin), Luke Casserly (Longford), Sean Murphy (Donegal), Zak Aboukrhes (Dublin), Aisling Dunphy (Tipperary), Rian DeBairead (Galway), Jane Hayes Nally (Cork) Einman Mohammed Elsir (Kildare) and Diego Brule (Galway).

Funded and heavily supported by Webwise staff, this group of eleven talented, skilled and experienced young people from the Irish Second-Level Students’ Union, all aged 19 and under, worked as planners and capacity builders. Through a series of webinars and one intensive preparatory meeting, the team decided on topics, designed the program, and facilitated the learning of over 70 student ambassadors through a dynamic, non-formal, peer to peer education approach on the 10th of January. In this way, the project aimed to spread ideas and positive messages to the SID Ambassadors, their schools and communities, who would then run similar campaigns on how to stay safe online and #BeInCNTRL.

Conceptually, the Facebook training day focused on self-reflection, dialogue, and immersive simulations which analysed the legal and rights-based approach to young people online, the moral and ethical complexes around social responsibility online. Participants were challenged to distinguish key issues within their own school environments and to design and plan projects to counter these.

These educational approaches are inspired by those defined and encouraged by the Council of Europe, its literature such as the Compass manual and highly endorsed by the European Youth Forum. As one of the Irish Second-Level Students’ Union’s core policies, the ISSU  trainers were adamant that this would be the methodology through which the SID Ambassador training Day was run- they felt it was new, innovative, and instrumental to the process of personal and social education for young people in today’s world. PowerPoints and documents were nowhere to be seen!

Conversational feedback from many participants reflected this- they considered it highly beneficial that the event was facilitated and moderated by fellow young people alone, feeling as if they could relate to them and work with them more immersively. In particular, they thought it was brilliant given the topic- their lives online- and the issues around that, some quite unique, which they believed peer leaders could understand perfectly.They also noted that the activities were highly stimulating.

The Webwise and ISSU team are very excited to see to see the final video which was compiled during breaks on the day, where participants discussed how they would #BeInCtrl this Safer Internet Day, and even more excited to see the outcome of local grassroots projects which will be run by the Ambassadors on Safer Internet Day, the 6th of February.

I, along with the rest of the ISSU trainers, am extremely grateful to the Webwise team, who trusted and believed in young people enough to provide us with this level of autonomy, and supported and encouraged all of our ideas and proposals, while contributing their own high level of expertise and broad skill sets.


Safer Internet Day Ambassador Training Day

Facebook SID Training Day

By Sarah Connor

What an experience!!!! Back in July, I was contacted by the remarkable Jane Hayes Nally who introduced me to this wonderful opportunity and of course I couldn’t turn it down. From the beginning I knew it was going to be a fantastic opportunity and experience, having the opportunity to work with Webwise. From the get-go, I was fully on board and thought of all my ideas with full enthusiasm.

There were many opportunities set up by Webwise for fellow trainers to share ideas through webinars and a training day in the Science Gallery in Dublin. Unfortunately, I missed out on some webinars and on the training day due to college exams and assignments. Despite missing out on these opportunities, I was always kept updated with, tremendous help from Jane and Tracy, who always emailed or messaged me everything I needed to know to take part in the SID Training Day in January.

The SID Training Day was held in Facebook HQ which was an opportunity of a lifetime. It was so interesting to see the high level of security in the whole building and the working environment of all the staff which was extremely cool. It would be the dream working environment for all employees. As a college student who is training to become a secondary school teacher, I saw this day as a perfect opportunity to work with secondary school students from across Ireland. I was extremely nervous that morning heading to Dublin as I knew I was going to be working alongside students that are of such a high calibre and I knew I had missed out on the previous training day that the other ambassadors had attended. From the minute I arrived, I was made comfortable and introduced to the other SID ambassadors and I was paired up with Zak who made the whole experience of working with the students so easy and helped me whenever I needed it. Working with the students and listening to their amazing ideas was very interesting and it was a brilliant opportunity. It also gave me ideas that I would never have thought of and I could use in schools for Safer Internet Day in the future.

To wrap it up, I have to say it was a fantastic opportunity I will never forget and I would like to thank the fellow ambassadors, to Jane, Tracy and Aideen on the webwise team and also to Jane Hayes Nally and all the ISSU team.

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