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# Cyber Bullying

This year
One in four primary school children report being cyber-bullied in the past year
Over a quarter (26%) of the 5,000 children surveyed had seen or experienced something online in the last year that “bothered” them.
Opinion: We all must do more to reduce the incidences of bullying of children
Victoria Howson of the ISPCC says complacency over bullying must be avoided at all costs.
Last year
Japan introduces up to one-year jail time for cyberbullying
Hana Kimura’s death in 2020 prompted calls for stronger regulation of online abuse.
All time
An increasing number of children are sharing nude or sexually explicit photos on social media
The committee was told about a girl wanted to take her own life after an ex-boyfriend shared images of her without her permission.
'Could do better': Criticism over funding as Facebook launches new countrywide anti-bullying project
Facebook and DCU have launched a new anti-bullying training programme for secondary schools.
Detective says he still fears for his family after being labelled 'corrupt' and 'evil' by jailed stalker
Conor Gilmartin suffered years of abuse at the hands of trolls.
Controversial 'bullying' app SimSimi goes offline in Ireland
The bot now replies “I do not talk in Ireland for a while” after every message it receives.
Online games mean young children are being cyberbullied long before they get a phone
New research shows that more than one in 10 school children have been cyberbullied.
Lorraine Higgins receives threat to fill her 'rat's mouth with lead'
This is the third death threat the senator has received in the last year.
10 things to do to make sure your child won't be cyberbullied
You wouldn’t allow a young child to go to an unsupervised disco or house party. Think of your child’s online presence in similar terms.
I was called a child abuser for conceiving through IVF - and it hasn't ended there
Dil Wickremasinghe outlines the attacks she has suffered on social media relating to her pregnancy – and the social stigma they illustrate.
Bullying will happen, but schools can limit it by listening to young people
Don’t sweep bullying under the carpet – young people, parents and teachers must all talk about it openly.
Good news -- Twitter's CEO has vowed to start dealing with trolls
Comments come after last week’s episode of This American Life. is cleaning up its act ... with a little help from this Irish expert
The controversial site moved to Dublin last year — a move that caused some concern amongst ministers.
Labour Senator deletes Facebook page after being told she 'should have been aborted'
Lorraine Higgins also received death threats. is planning to move to Ireland and at least one minister isn't happy
Charlie Flanagan wants the issue discussed by Government.
Labour TD: Internet trolls are cowards and should get up to two years in prison
Seán Kenny is calling on Ireland to follow in the footsteps of the UK.
Mairía Cahill blog allegations 'shameful and cruel'
Cahill called on Sinn Féin to condemn the post.
The problem of cyberbullying should have its own school subject - Principals
At both junior and senior cycle.
A 13-year-old has figured out a way to stop cyber-bullying
Need some inspiration? Read on… Trisha Prabhu will get you off that couch.
Primary school kids MUST be taught the dangers of cyber-bullying, Govt advised
However, the Government body set up to advise the Cabinet on the issue says that criminalising minors for cyber-bullying offences is NOT the way forward.
'Hatchet' threat against MEP candidate to be examined --- Rabbitte
Labour senator Lorraine Higgins was told she would be “hatcheted in the face” during the recent European election campaign.
Pornography is no longer the biggest online worry for parents
A new survey has found that three in ten parents don’t monitor their children’s online activities.
Column: Children don't understand the consequences of sexting
Children as young as 10 have engaged in ‘sexting’ – sending explicit images or texts to another person — but they are distanced from the reality of what they are doing, writes Dr Maureen Griffin.
One in ten students have cyberbullied another
New research also shows that three quarters of parents do not check their children’s online activity every day.
Column: Facebook's early childhood was... complicated.
Our relationship with Facebook has waxed and waned over these years as we oscillate between loving, adoring and depending on it, to needing to self-impose several ‘breaks’ from it as it drives us crazy, writes Colman Noctor.
Two thirds of students say they know someone who died by suicide
Half of the 1,400 young people surveyed said they had witnessed bullying online, while a large number admitted saying things on the internet that they never would in person.
One in seven children subjected to cyber bullying in last three months
One in 11 adolescents admitted to cyber bullying other people in the same time frame.
Poll: Should schools be responsible for tackling cyber bullying?
An anti-bullying expert has said primary schools need to take a more pro-active approach to cyber-bullying. Do you think it should be their responsibility?
Time to act on bullying before tragedy hits primary schools, says expert
Marion Flanagan has said that there needs to be an approach involving parents, schools and the children themselves to tackle bullying.
General Manager of Twitter UK apologises to people who have received abusive messages
Twitter will change how it handles abuse reports and says that it will work harder to protect users.
Column: What Irish companies need to know about cyberbullies in the workplace
With new media comes new risks, writes Julie O’Neill who says many employers might not know they could be liable for statements made by their employees outside of working hours.
28 students suspended for 'Liking' explicit post about teacher
A Co Limerick school has suspended 28 students after liking a Facebook update referring to a teacher’s personal life.
Bullied: Your stories of bullying in school
We asked and you told us. Here are your stories about bullying in school.
Video: 'I'm not ruling anything out' - Micheál Martin on Fine Gael or Sinn Féin coalition
The Fianna Fáil leader also explained why his party didn’t introduce a property tax when in government and outlined his views on social media in a wide-ranging interview with this week.
Column: Politicians should engage in social media, not regulate it
Some fear social media because they misunderstand it or fear power being transferred from the few to the many but it needs no more or no less regulation than our existing methods, argues junior minister Ciarán Cannon.
Column: Social media has society in a panic. What does that tell us?
There is a political lesson behind the widespread condemnations of social media, writes Gavan Titley.
Poll: Should social media users be able to comment anonymously?
What do you think?
Twitter-based #depressionhurts campaign gets in gear
Social media enterprise has no budget but its volunteers are reaching out to those affected by depression or bullying.
Column: I was a school bully. This is how I felt.
I bullied others under the cover of ‘craic’ – and I know the profound effects it can have, writes Rick Nash.