Appyness Online – New Internet Safety platform for Children
New educational platform is set to transform the teaching of internet safety in primary schools.
[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he Appyness Online platform is targeted at principals in primary schools, whilst end users are 9-12 year-old children and their parents. The new programme aims to reduce the negative online experiences encountered by children.
Launched by Zeeko, which is based at NovaUCD, Appyness Online allows children to teach each other internet safety. In addition, the platform empowers them on how to think as opposed to what to think, thus enabling every child to be a critical thinker.
Recent research by Zeeko on the digital behaviours of young people in Ireland found:
Recognising the urgent need to educate children on online safety, Zeeko developed the Appyness Online platform, built with technology that is commonly used for developing games.
Speaking during the launch of Appyness Online, Joe Kenny, founder and CEO of Zeeko, said:
“The internet is a fantastic resource for children. However, we are concerned about the negative impact it can have on their lives.
“With our Appyness Online platform, I believe we can positively impact how internet safety education is delivered to children in primary schools in Ireland and across Europe as well as reduce the consequences of negative experiences.
“Peer pressure is normally seen as a negative but Zeeko is using peer pressure as a positive. Appyness Online is a peer-to-peer education platform where young people teach each other how to safely benefit from the internet.
“This new product embraces the Irish Government’s aim to encourage more peer-to-peer learning. Moreover it encourages students to be more self-reflective and autonomous in the learning process as set out in the Action Plan for Online Safety 2018-2019.”
Following the successful roll-out of the platform in Ireland, Zeeko plans to introduce Appyness Online into the UK and mainland Europe markets.