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Facebook to help Schools tackle Cyber Bullying


Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 07/06/2013. Tags: Parenting

text re imageFollowing a recent meeting between the Department of Education & Skills and Facebook, Facebook has agreed to work directly with Irish schools to help combat cyber bullying.

The initiative comes following a number of incidents in second-level schools where Facebook were criticised for failing to assist schools taking down abusive posts. The National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals (NAPD) had sought a meeting with Facebook to discuss cyber bullying but Facebook had indicated it would not engage directly with the NAPD. Subsequently the Department of Education met with representatives from Facebook. Following the meeting a spokesperson for the Department of Education said that the meeting was “positive and constructive”.

According to the Irish Times, Department officials have said that “agreement was reached on a way forward to involve Facebook, the Department, second-level school management and leadership bodies, including the National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals, to work together to tackle bullying in Irish schools and to provide an effective channel for school leaders to escalate concerns when required.”

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