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Be Strong Online


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Well done to Emma Wray and Caitlin McCrory, who represented the Be Strong Online Ambassadors on 01/03/19, for Feedback Friday 2 with Maya and Hannah from The Diana Award. Emma and Caitlin had to submit online an overview and photos of the fantastic work completed so far. They told Maya and Hannah all about the recent assemblies delivered by the Be Strong Online Ambassadors to introduce the St. Ciaran’s Be Strong Online team, to mark Safer Internet Day 2019 and to introduce the Selfies and Self-Esteem, Critical Thinking Online and Digital Detox modules to the different year groups. Overall through delivering the assemblies to every year group the Be Strong Online Ambassadors have reached a total of 761 students in St Ciaran’s. In addition, the Be Strong Online Ambassadors have created two noticeboards to tell students all about their work. Check out these noticeboards outside Geography Room 3 and English Room 1. Mrs Donnelly, Mrs Muldoon and Mrs McGirr are very proud of all the Be Strong Online team and are really enjoying working with you all. Well done to you all!



FAQs about eSafety


What is the Internet, Cloud and Digital Media? 

Internet - The Internet is an electronic information highway connecting many millions of computers and individual subscribers all over the world. As this global network is not governed by an international body there are obviously dangers concerning the kind of information that is accessible to its users. However, the educational value of appropriate use of information and resources located on the internet is substantial.

Cloud – Cloud-based learning and teaching encompasses a broad range of educational resources available in an online environment. This includes My-School, Fronter, Equella and other online resources.

Digital Media - This covers all hardware, software, portable and non-portable devices used for educational purposes inside and outside of school.

Rationale for pupil use of the Internet, Cloud and Digital Media 

The school encourages pupils to use the rich educational information sources available on the internet and cloud, together with the development of appropriate skills using digital media to fully utilise such resources. On-line resources offer pupils a broad range of up-to-date information; provide independent research facilities; facilitate a variety of learning styles and encourage pupils to take responsibility for their own learning. E-literacy is a fundamental requirement for all pupils in order to prepare for the continually developing technological age in which we live.

Networked Access to Internet, Cloud and Digital Media 

The school provides filtered internet access to pupils and staff on the C2K network.  Only filtered internet connections provided by, or on behalf of, the school may be used to access online material at school. Parents, pupils and staff are reminded that all electronic devices must also be used in accordance with the school's BYOD, E-safety and Acceptable Use Policies.

How will pupils gain access to the Internet, Cloud and Digital Media at School?

  • During ICT lessons.
  • Through subject use across the curriculum.
  • During extra-curricular activities.
  • In the study areas, during normal school hours and occasionally at other times.
  • Through school wifi (filtered).

Are there any dangers associated with using the Internet, Cloud and Digital Media?

Since the internet and cloud are composed of information from a vast array of sources world-wide, it includes some material that is not of any educational value in the context of the school. This material may include information that is inaccurate, abusive, profane, sexually oriented, racist or illegal.

In order to guard young people from any inherent dangers it is the joint responsibility of the school and parents/ carers to educate pupils about their responsibility when using the internet and cloud.


Helpful checklists:


  • Instagram Safety Checklist

  • Facebook_check_Feb_15

  • Snapchat Checklist

  • Twitter-Checklist_web

  • Guidelines on AskFM

  • Guidelines on AskFM



E-Safety Advice:


Follow these tips for greater social media privacy:


Facebook - remove unwanted tags from multiple photos


 • Go to your activity log

 • Click 'Photos' in the left column

 • Select the photos from which you'd like to remove a tag; click 'Report/remove tags'

 • Click 'Untag photos'

 • Removed tags will no longer appear on the post or photo will still be visible to the audience it's shared with.



Twitter - Protect tweets so that only your followers can see them


 • Go to your account's 'Security and privacy' settings

 • Scroll down to the 'Tweet privacy' section and check the box next to 'Protect my tweets'

 • Click the blue 'Save' button at the bottom of the page. You will be prompted to enter your password to confirm the changes.



Instagram - Set photos to private so only your followers can see them


 On iOS


  •Tap ‘Edit your profile’ next to your profile picture.

  •Turn on the ‘Posts are private’ setting and then tap ‘Done’.

  •If you have an android phone, tap the check mark instead to save your changes.



Useful Links:


 •  Advice on how to report abuse 

 •  General Parental Advice -

 •  Childnet: Know IT all for Parents -

 •  Google Safe Search -






Contact us

15 Tullybryan Road,
Ballygawley, Co. Tyrone
BT70 2LY
Telephone: 028 8556 8640

Fax:  028 8556 8660