Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 14/03/2013. Tags: Secondary School News
Increasing use of new technology in Irish schools could serve to exacerbate the problem of cyberbullying.
This is the suggestion of cyber security expert Paul Dwyer, who told an Oireachtas committee that a digital revolution in schools - which will see pupils using tablet devices such as iPads much more regularly - could provide more opportunities for bullies, the Irish Independent reports.
Acting as a representative for the National Anti-Bullying
Coalition, Mr Dwyer explained the introduction of these products might result in pupils victimising others in various ways - including taking pictures of them and using the images in an inappropriate manner.
"This is like a viral epidemic - you think you have a problem now," he told the committee.
In an effort to combat the issue of cyberbullying, Mr Dwyer suggested teachers
should be specially trained to make sure they are able to effectively deal with problems arising from social network activity.
Written by Donal Walsh