Lorcan Tuohy-Donnelly (Moneygall, Co. Offaly), a student at Borrisokane Community College, volunteered as a Safer Internet Day Ambassador with Webwise, the Irish Internet Safety Agency. Through this work, Lorcan wanted to promote online safety education programmes in local schools to avoid bullying, blackmail and extortion.

Lorcan also became a Youth Panellist which gave him the opportunity to take part in the development of a Government Action Plan on online safety. This work involved creating a social media campaign, speaking to the media and designing and developing informational material to raise awareness of online safety.

“Lorcan has become one of the most active and trusted members of the panel, going beyond the required responsibilities of being a Youth Panel member,” says Jane McGarrigle, Project Officer of Webwise. “Having been continuously impressed with Lorcan’s contributions and dedication to our Internet Safety Programme, Lorcan was invited to become a key spokesperson for Webwise, representing the programme at various high-profile events. He is excellent with people and shows a great deal of intelligence when it comes to leading and training his peers.”

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