Sinn Féin Education spokesperson Councillor Patricia Logue has said it’s important that people support various initiatives taking place this week to coincide with Anti-bullying awareness week.
“This is Anti-bullying week and dozens of initiatives will be taking place in our schools, youth clubs to raise awareness of this issue and to provide support services and additional information for anyone suffering at the hands of the bully.
Nowadays bullying has taken on a whole new meaning with the age of the mobile phone and internet, so its very important that awareness programmes are put in place and guidance given for both children and parents alike to highlight the dangers of unsupervised use of internet chat rooms and various web sites.
“Cyber bullying and malicious use of the internet can cause victims of this practice serious hurt and pain and many times the effects of that can remain hidden if the victims do not come forward to seek support and help”
“Technology is moving so quickly it’s hard to keep up with the dangers it can create so we must be to the fore in highlighting these Internet chat rooms, social networking sites, emails etc.Mobile phones enables bullies to develop increasingly sophisticated techniques with which to torment their victims so we must always be looking at ways to prevent it .
“The welfare of both teaching staff and pupils is paramount. The environment of teaching and learning must be done in a safe and secure setting”