On February 7th, education establishments across Ireland will host a range of activities for school kids aimed at teaching them about how to stay safe when online.
Safer Internet Day (SID) is a global event that aims to make the public more aware of how to avoid issues such as cyberbullying and identity theft.
This year, Microsoft Ireland, UPC and O2 will be visiting more than 10,000 children across the country to advise them on the importance of online privacy and keeping their personal details safe, Silicon Republic reports.
Working alongside the National Centre for Technology in Education, employees from the three companies will highlight safety issues associated with sites such as Twitter, Facebook, MSN and YouTube.
Pupils that attend the events will be given a Family Safety Kit, which will include a guide for parents.
According to research from SID, six per cent of children have a public social networking profile and 12 per cent of European kids aged between nine and 16 claim to have been bothered by something on the internet.