Protecting our children online October 23 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm Admission: Free Annebrook House Hotel, Mullingar.
Presented by CoderDojo Mullingar and MIT Mullingar in cooperation with Youth Work Ireland Midlands and An Garda Síochána. The talk will focus on how as parents we need to take proactive steps in safeguarding our children from unsuitable content, behavious and persons online. Nearly all Irish children and young people now have access to the internet, in many different modes. The internet provides young people access to a wealth of valuable information and limitless sources of entertainment. Nevertheless, it also can expose young people to certain dangers and risks. Parents and guardians have a large role to play in accessing potential dangers online and should be actively educating their children on these risks. Parents/guardians need to understand and investigate their children’s internet use. Parents/guardians do not need to know about every application, social media platform, trend or game there is, however, they do need to know about their child’s interests and what they like to do online. This talk will cover important issues such as;
Communicating and creating discussion about online activities with young people
Setting rules and guidelines for internet use.
Security and passwords (sharing information)
Trends and activities
Gaming, social media and mobile phone activities
This is an interactive presentation, which creates a safe space for discussions and questions throughout. Edweena Farrell, Youth Information Co-ordinator, Westmeath Comhairle na nÓg Co-ordinator Edweena Farrell coordinates Athlone Youth Information Service for Youth Work Ireland Midlands since 2003, working with young people and adults with all issues affecting them, Edweena has been delivering and continually updating this internet programme since 2012. Having attending trainings and seminars in Ireland, Finland, Luxemburg, Denmark, this ever changing programme has been delivered to over 6,000 young people and adults alike. This programme is always well received with very positive evaluations and evidenced long term and short term outcomes. Edweena believes that teaching young people and children safety online is as import as teaching them to cross the road. Garda Thomas Blake Garda Thomas Blake is a member of the Mullingar Community Police and has spoken on many occasions on the topic of online child protection. Thomas will also discuss the legal implications of what can happen when minors have unsupervised access to the internet. Things can become very real when a court order is issued for a childs phone or if you find your teenager is a victim of extortion.
CoderDojo Mullingar runs FREE Programming for Beginners. Starting on Saturday September 14th at 11am in Mullingar Charity Variety Group's Studios in Forest Park, Mullingar. This is a FREE course run over 8 Saturdays for 7 to 17 year olds (under 12's must be accompanied by an adult). Just come along on Saturday, September 14th to register. Bring a laptop if you have one. If you don't have one, don't worry, we can supply a PC. CoderDojo Mullingar is part of the global reaching CoderDojo clubs (www.coderdojo.com) who provide free, open and local programming clubs for young people (7 to 17 years). Want to build computer games, mobile phone games, websites, Internet of Things (IoT) things, robots and drones ? Come along and join us in Forest Park, Mullingar. Have you some programming experience? Come along and join like minded young people doing interesting things. Are you over 18 and would like to helps us to help them with computer technology? Why not join us a Mentor? You don't need to know anything about computers, you can learn as you go along. CoderDojo is a voluntary run club and we provide you with free Garda Vetting and Child Protection Training. See our website www.coderdojomullingar.comand Facebook. Contact 085 7304195 if you have any queries.
Runner up at the 2018 International Coolest Projects Aodhan, Eoin, Ferdia, and Oisin were runners up in the 2018 International Coolest Projects in the Evolution section. Great day was had in the RDS, Dublin on May 26th. Here they are receiving their prize.
Also at the 2018 International Coolest Projects was another Coderdojo Mullingar, SLOPPY -Semi Lifelike Operational Pizza Picking Yoke, by Connor, Daniel, Jack, Naoise, Tommy which used facial recognition to deliver the pizza you order. See the Gallery for more pics.
Like to help us out at the club? Why not be a mentor and help others to learn programming? Would you like to volunteer and help us run the club? No computer knowledge required, there is always stuff to do. Drop in any Saturday. All mentors and volunteers will receive child welfare training and Garda Vetting free of charge.