September 2, 2010
Prof Keith Sullivan of NUI Galway’s School of Education describes cyberbullying as a growing problem that is difficult to manage in the school system. It is characterised by the perpetrators ability to maintain anonymity and to harass victims 24 hours a day and is, moreover, carried out in a language with which adults are not familiar.
Now, a new campaign to raise awareness of cyberbullying – most of which occurs via mobile phone text messages – has been launched by the Carphone Warehouse and by Prof. Mona Moore of the Anti-Bullying Centre at Trinity College in Dublin.
Their 10 point plan includes such suggestions as:
- Do not reply to abusive texts.
- Save messages and report them to parents, teachers and/or service providers.
- Report to the Gardai, if abuse becomes threatening.
- Use anti-bullying blocking devices to deter bullies.
- Parents of bullies should take appropriate action e.g. exercise the option of reducing phone credit and time spent on computers.
- All parties must be made aware that cyberbullying may constitute a criminal offence.
Source : The Irish Times, September 2nd, 2010