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CLiC News- is an outreach project within the Dublin Institute of Technology Access and Civic Engagement (ACE) Office.

Our free news website, CLiCNews, was set up in conjunction with the DIT School of Media and another ACE Programme - Students Learning with Communities (SLWC) to provide a resource for those schools. We have subsequently made the site available to all primary schools and would invite teachers who are interested in using the site with their class to contact us. .

We have set up a restricted site as we want to produce a safe environment for children and we believe at the moment that teachers and, more importantly parents, agree with this arrangement. In particular restricting CLiCNews in this way allows children to leave comments without feeling intimidated and ensures that they will only come in contact with their peers or teachers.

Within the site news items are written by Journalist students from the DIT at a level which reflects the age range of the children and are presented in a way which precludes using graphical images and language which are unsuitable for young children.

As an encouragement and aid to improving Reading and Writing skills the children are encouraged to comment on stories which have been published.

All the children's comments are moderated and we rely on a small number of volunteers, with a teaching background, and ourselves in the office to check them and award stars to those with good grammar and content. We also provide facilities for registered teachers to download the children's comments from their school so that the content can be assessed offline. This is what distinguishes CLiCNews from other children's news content which is freely available.

Within CLiCNews, as a parallel to published news items, we run various Polls and Competitions.

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CLiCNews is run in conjunction with the Journalism Department of the DIT School of Media.
This is part of an initiative organised through the Access and Civic Engagement Students Learning With Communities' programme.

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  • brooklyn99 brooklyn99 says:
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    I agree with nsport but lots of other sports can save your life as well such as: hockey because if you see a killer or something then you can wack them with your hockey stick (well that's only if you have your hockey stick with you of course), I know this sound's really mean but in fairness if there was a killer or a kidnapper or something I would scream and wack them with the hockey stick.

    I like swimming though but not swimming lessons, but I agree swimming is a very good sport and it can save your life.

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  • brooklyn99 brooklyn99 says:
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    I love dogs, I have a dog myself.My dog is scared of water because when she was a puppy she never went near water so that's why we should have brought her to the beach when she was a puppy so she would of learnt how to swim.A while ago my dog fell of a pier into the water and in the water she was upside down and then she came back up and she couldn't find the steps so she tried to get up the wall but then we helped her up.

    I wonder how the dogs surf because once I tried to surf and it was so hard, my cousin got hit in the head with a surf board because someone banged into him and he got a lump on his head. Do you know has any dog ever got hurt surfing.Thanks for the article.

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  • chloeT says:
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    I would love for Michael D Higgins to be president again because I think he was a great president but after reading this I'm not sure I know I cant vote but if I could I wouldn't now how to make a decision On one hand you have Joan Freeman and Its been 7 years since a female was the president so I thought it would be fair if she was the new president but then why can't a man be president again ? It's got me twisted but over all I thought is was a excellent story and very interesting .

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  • animals animals says:
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    We learned about Neil Armstrong in school! In his childhood he grew up loving planes, and got his license at 16 years of age. He also flew the plane during world war 2! The only reason he wanted to become an astronaut is because when he had children one of them died at a very young age. His rocket was named Apollo 11 and when he was about to land on the moon, the spacecraft went from automatic to manual and Neil had to steer and save Buzz Aldrin Michael Collins (and no it wasn’t the Michael Collins from the 1916 rising) and himself. When they landed Neil said, The Eagle has landed.
    Micheals job was to stay in the spacecraft and rotate in circles so that they can fly to Earth safely. Buzz and Neil were the only ones on the moon. Neil made a big change to the world, by bringing a sample from the the moon to examine, and no the moon is not made of cheese!

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  • nsport nsport says:
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    Wow! Michael Phelps was afraid of water when he was 7! Hard to think as now he's a olympian for swimming! I also found out that he can swim a mile at an average of 6miles per hour like, wow!
    Also did you know Michael Phelps holds the record for the most Olympic medals ever.
    Michael Phelps is a great swimmer and a great inspiration for young swimmers like myself.
    Great article.

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  • halloween halloween says:
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    I got a bit nervous when I heard that there was a a comet passing. Just in case it
    took a rong turn and end up killing thousands of people. But since it is 25,000
    miles away, I think we'll be okay.Is it just me or is it a bit spooky that the
    comet is shaped like a skull and the fact that I passes around Halloween.
    Not even once but twice.This is probably one of the weirdest things I've
    heard about. After the Storie I read about the Chines making an artafishal moon

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  • Da_mudskipper Da_mudskipper says:
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    No!!😭 Climate change again! Global warming and climate change are effecting everyone across the world every day. It's time to stop it. Now it is effecting the UNESCO world heritage sites across Europe and the Mediterranean. I hope someone stops it soon because now the future doesn't look very bright.

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  • wildlife wildlife says:
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    we were learning about Neil Armstrong in school . I am happy they put in Micheal Collins . He had to fly the spacecraft around so it would not crash , and then he was not able to step on the moon , so not many people remember him . Anyhoo , put Neil and the first letter of Armstrong and you get ........
    Alien!!

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  • nsport nsport says:
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    Wow!! Dog surfing! A sport! I'm flabbergasted! I did a bit of research because this is a cool subject and I
    found out that dog surfing started as early as the 1920's in the US! This is an amazing article and it must take a very long time to train these dogs. Great article clic news!

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  • Da_mudskipper Da_mudskipper says:
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    I'm happy that Sean Curren and other volunteers gave homeless people free food. They are just ordinary people who are just homeless. I feel so sorry for them especially with the housing crisis at the moment. I hope all those people soon end up with a house, food and a job. We should really help the homeless because they are pretty much like us but are homeless.

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