27 February 2013

Lucan and Clondalkin’s Parents, Teachers and Youth Workers invited to help Delete Cyber Bullying.

Lucan Delete Cyber Bullying Event – St Joseph’s College,
Tuesday March 5th at 8pm

Clondalkin Delete Cyber Bullying Event – Moyle Park Community College, Thursday 7th March at 8pm

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Frances Fitzgerald is calling on parents, teachers and youth workers to help her in the campaign to delete cyber bullying. As part of her ongoing efforts to address this issue, Fitzgerald is running events in Lucan and Clondalkin with experts from the leading social media site Facebook to inform and equip parents and teens in the battle against cyber bullying. 

Events will take place next Tuesday (5th March) in Lucan’s St Joseph’s College and Thursday (7th March) in Clondalkin’s Moyle Park College with industry experts as guest speakers.

“Social media is something not all adults are experts in and parents often feel helpless if their child is being targeted. I will be hosting a local information event where experts from Facebook and Webwise will be among those explaining the best way to protect your children and teenagers from cyber-bullying. If you are a parent or you work with, children or teenagers then this is an event for you. Experts from Facebook and Webwise will be going through tips, information and best practice advice on protecting children and young people online,” explained Fitzgerald.

Unfortunately, cyber bullying is becoming a more familiar phrase to us all. To simplify it it’s a form of aggressive and harassing messaging carried out online or through text message. It isn’t always as straight forward as the sending of intimating messages and can also take the form of impersonation, for example setting up social media accounts in the name of others. Like any form of bullying its destructive and can have huge consequences on confidence, on self esteem and on capacity to learn. Research commissioned by my Department shows that 24% of 9 to 17 year olds report being bullied, this is something that requires whole of school and whole of community action. The Delete Cyber Bullying Event’s I’m hosting in Clondalkin and Lucan next will be an opportunity to inform and empower parents, teachers, youth workers and indeed teenagers themselves,” concluded Minister Frances Fitzgerald.
 
The Lucan event will take place in St Joseph’s College, Tuesday March 5th at 8pn with the Clondalkin information evening being held in Moyle Park Community College, Thursday 7th March at 8pm.