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Classes on cyberbullying should be introduced says report

Posted by Elizabeth Clarke on 11/06/2014. Classes on cyberbullying should be introduced says reportTags: Teachers Education And Politics

“A confidential report is to recommend to the cabinet that anti-cyberbullying lessons are introduced as a ‘core element’ in primary and secondary school curriculums” says Adrian Weckler, writing for the Irish Independant.

The report, written by Communications Minister Pat Rabbitte, states that teachers must be made more aware of internet trends. Classes should be introduced to specifically relate to online abuse experienced by children. According to a recent EU study, Irish children are the most likely in Europe to experience some kind of cyberbullying, and therefore this is a topic of great concern.

Awareness and enhanced digital literacy programmes are preferred methods of dealing with cyberbullying, with criminal sanctions for online bullying deemed inappropriate as a means for tackling the problem.

According to The Irish Independent, children are exposed to cyberbullying and online harassment through email, social media, online comment sections and hurtful sharing of images, with one in five children having been exposed to harmful online content.

The report also covers the duties of The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland on protecting children from age inappropriate tv content online, as well as the safety of public wifi services.

The full report is expected to be circulated to the cabinet in the near future.

If you would like to read the original article discussing the report in detail click here.


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