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Synge Street’s little surfers learn to ride the web with CybersafeIreland & EY

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Synge Street’s little surfers learn to ride the web with CybersafeIreland & EY

EY celebrated the launch of their sponsorship of CyberSafeIreland with a visit to Bunscoil Sancta Maria on Synge Street on Thursday, 4th October. Hugh Callaghan, Director of Cyber at EY, joined Alex Cooney, CEO of CyberSafeIreland, who carried out interactive sessions with both children and parents at the school on how to stay safe online.

Ahead of the sessions, children from fifth and sixth class were asked to fill in a questionnaire on their internet habits and social media use, which the CyberSafeIreland team were able to use to create a bespoke information session. The sessions were followed with a lively Q&A where both children and parents highlighted their concerns.

Hugh Callaghan said: “Technology is now an integral part of daily life, and it offers unprecedented opportunities for kids to learn and play. We’re acutely aware of the new risks this presents, and we’re proud to help CyberSafeIreland equip both children and parents with the knowledge and confidence they need to make the best possible use of the digital world.”

The visit to Bunscoil Sancta Maria marks the third event EY and CyberSafeIreland have partnered for, following an address by Cliona Curley, Programme Director of CyberSafeIreland, to cyber security leaders in Ireland at the launch of EY’s Advanced Security Centre (ASC) in January, and a subsequent information session aimed at parents held at EY’s Irish headquarters on Harcourt Street.

Alex Cooney said: “We focus on children under the age of 13, when they are first starting to use the technology more independently.  It is critically important to equip them with the skills and knowledge to navigate the online world safely responsibly and for parents to engage in their online lives.  We are so pleased that EY are coming on board and supporting these important issues.  It is a real opportunity to reach a wider audience with important messages about staying safe online.”

CyberSafeIreland recently launched their Annual Report for 2017, which found that:

  • 69% teachers do not feel equipped to teach online safety in the classroom
  • 32% of children have not spoken to their parents about online safety in the last year
  • 219 incidents of cyberbullying identified
  • 16% of the children surveyed spend in excess of 4 hours online a day


Thought Leaders

Hugh Callaghan

Associate Partner, Cyber

Cormac Kelly

Brexit Leader

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