Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 13/09/2013. Tags: Parenting Parenting Kids
Parents are to be informed of the actions schools in Ireland are taking to tackle bullying
complaints.New anti-bullying procedures
are being launched by Education Minister Ruairi Quinn today (September 13th) - and, for the first time, the rules will also focus on abuse conducted via the internet, otherwise known as cyberbullying, the Irish Examiner reports.
The new regulations aim to set out clearly just what is expected of schools in efforts to prevent the spread of bullying, while regular updates of cases that are still unresolved will have to be passed on to school boards.
According to the rules, it will be viewed as bullying behaviour when a pupil places a one-off "offensive or hurtful public message, image or statement on a social network site or other public forum where that message, image or statement can be viewed and/or repeated by other people".
It was noted that while one-off incidents such as texts and private messages should not be viewed as bullying, schools are encouraged to use their judgement on such matters by consulting their codes of behaviour.
Written by Donal Walsh