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# cyberbullying - Friday 4 October, 2013

New research centre to focus on trafficking, child safety and cyberbullying

The RCSI launched its CyberPsychology Research Centre this week.

# cyberbullying - Monday 16 September, 2013

Parents to receive anti-bullying training under new scheme

Up to 70 anti-bullying classes will be run by the National Parents Councils after €40,000 in funding was made available by the Department of Education.

# cyberbullying - Friday 13 September, 2013

Cyberbullying and homophobic bullying policies now mandatory for schools

The Department of Education has published new anti-bullying procedures to replace guidelines that have been in place since 1993.

# cyberbullying - Thursday 18 July, 2013

Misuse of social media needs to be more carefully monitored, says Oireachtas committee

An Oireachtas report says that bullying on social media platforms is affecting self-esteem in Irish teens.

# cyberbullying - Thursday 11 July, 2013

Cyber-bullying should be a crime says rapporteur on child protection

The child protection report also recommends guardianship should apply to civil partnerships.

Poll: Should cyberbullying be classed as a crime? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should cyberbullying be classed as a crime?

A government report today will recommend that online bullying should be seen as a crime. Good idea? Bad idea?

# cyberbullying - Monday 17 June, 2013

Column: There is a glass ceiling of homophobia in Irish sport

Social inclusion and sport go hand-in-hand – but, within Irish games, there remains two distinct playing fields: one for LGBT people and one for straight people. The time has come to change this, writes Phil Prendergast MEP.

# cyberbullying - Tuesday 7 May, 2013

Children's Minister 'constantly amazed' at lack of basic services

In a recent broad-ranging interview, Frances Fitzgerald talks about schools being ‘too ashamed’ to stand up to bullying, ‘unacceptable’ waiting lists and ‘bad news’ in service inspections.

# cyberbullying - Wednesday 13 March, 2013

Oireachtas agenda: Budget 2013, water charges and cyber-bullying

The Dáil completes its consideration of the Finance Bill today, while the Seanad finalises the new water charges scheme.

# cyberbullying - Tuesday 12 March, 2013

Column: Restricting young people's access to social networks would be a huge mistake

It would be foolish to overlook the amazing opportunities social networks and other digital tools present for young people just because older generations are intimated by change, writes Dr Stephen Brennan.

# cyberbullying - Monday 11 March, 2013

Lisa McInerney: Senator's 'frape' gaffe signals that panic - not reason - rules social media debate

Fidelma Healy-Eames and Eamonn Coghlan were “given an important task that deserved research and clarity of delivery – instead we got ludicrous schemes and half-remembered gossip”.

# cyberbullying - Wednesday 6 March, 2013

Column: We already have all the laws we need to tackle online abuse

Proposals to introduce legislation to “curb” social media use are an unnecessary attack on free speech, writes Fergal Crehan.

The 5 at 5: Wednesday

5 stories, 5 minutes, 5 o’clock.

# cyberbullying - Monday 4 March, 2013

63 per cent of people think schools should ban smartphones and social networks

The National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals is calling on social networks to work with schools and take a great role in tackling bullying.

# cyberbullying - Monday 4 February, 2013

New campaigns against cyber bullying launched Bullying This post contains videos

New campaigns against cyber bullying launched

Teen-led campaign Watch Your Space and the Garda programme Connect with Respect were launched by Minister Ruairí Quinn and Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan this morning.

# cyberbullying - Tuesday 29 January, 2013

Column: 5 tips to deal with cyberbullying

Online harassment is a concern to young people and parents who aren’t familiar with certain technologies – but there are practical ways to deal with cyberbullying, writes Pat Forde.

# cyberbullying - Sunday 20 January, 2013

Column: To tackle bullying, we first need to change our culture

The current national discussion about bullying and suicide is opportunity to tackle the attitudes that underpin the way people treat one another – not to cloak the issue in more silence, writes Genevieve Shanahan.

# cyberbullying - Friday 18 January, 2013

Dáil to debate Bill on mandatory bullying code for schools

Sinn Féin has tabled legislation which will require school boards to adopt mandatory counter-bullying measures.

# cyberbullying - Sunday 6 January, 2013

The Evening Fix... now with added Ireland seen from space

Here are the things we learned, loved and shared today.

TD says social media bullying has contributed to deaths

“It is impossible to quantify how many deaths have been caused or contributed to in this country by the negative elements of social media,” said Fine Gael TD Mary Mitchell O’Connor.

# cyberbullying - Saturday 5 January, 2013

The 9 at 9: Saturday

Good morning. Here are the nine stories you need to know as you start your day.

Fitzgerald concerned about difficulty of regulating cyberbullying sites

The Minister for Children admits that given the “global and open nature of the internet”, it may be difficult to regulate the likes of

# cyberbullying - Monday 31 December, 2012

Calls for Ireland to ratify international convention against cybercrime

The Immigrant Council of Ireland says ratification would ensure safe and responsible use of the internet in Ireland.

# cyberbullying - Friday 30 November, 2012

Teens believe cyber bullying is worse than traditional bullying

Teens feel like it’s the worst kind because they “can’t escape it” and pictures and messages can be spread so quickly.

# cyberbullying - Saturday 24 November, 2012

Experts say 'traditional' bullying is still most common form

The founder and director of the anti-bullying centre at TCD says cyber-bullying is an “extension” of traditional bullying.

# cyberbullying - Monday 5 November, 2012

Children’s Ombudsman recommends schools take action on cyber-bullying

A nationwide consultation of over 300 pupils finds schools need to better encourage students to take responsibility for their actions.

# cyberbullying - Thursday 1 November, 2012

Safebook: How to stay safe online

Infographic says parents should join Facebook if cyber-bullying is to be tackled. What do you think?

# cyberbullying - Wednesday 31 October, 2012

Over to you: Have you ever been bullied?

We want to hear your story.

# cyberbullying - Monday 29 October, 2012

Suicide prevention charity tells teens to seek help after Erin tragedy

Erin Gallagher, 13, was found dead on Saturday after receiving anonymous abuse through networking site

# cyberbullying - Thursday 21 April, 2011

One in five Irish teens are victims of cyber bullying

A large proportion of those who have been bullied online say it has had a negative impact on their mental health.

# cyberbullying - Wednesday 18 August, 2010

FAMILY FRIENDS OF Irish schoolgirl Phoebe Prince, who committed suicide in January, have reacted angrily to a piece posted online yesterday by Slate magazine.

The piece, entitled “Was Phoebe Prince Once a Bully?”, suggested that Price had bullied girls in the school she attended in Ireland before moving to the US with her family.

The article says:

In seventh grade in Ireland, she acted like a bully, not a victim. This doesn’t change the fact that Phoebe was later bullied herself, or that this bullying was wrong. But it does add yet another layer of complexity to her story, one that speaks to the universality and fluidity of kids’ bad behaviour.

Six high school students from the Massachusetts school Prince, 15, was attending have been arrested in connection with her death.

Family friend Darby O’Brien said he doesn’t see what Ireland has to do with the situation in South Hadley.

He suggested that the article is part of a ploy to poison potential jurors against the prosecution in the case against the students charged in the US.

A second friend told the Boston Herald that the Slate article’s author had crossed a line in her portrayal of the troubled teen:

This is just tabloid blogging. She’s doing it for her own fame and glory.

A pre-trial hearing for three of the teens charged in connection with Prince’s death is scheduled for 15 September.

THE IRISH GIRL WHO took her own life in January as a result of the bullying she was subjected to in Massachusetts was herself a perpetrator of significant online bullying while in school in Ireland, an article published in a US-based online magazine claims.

Six students of South Hadley High School have been arrested in connection with the suicide of Phoebe Prince (15), who had moved to the area with her mother and sister just four months previously.

Parents of some of her former classmates from Limerick have told journalist Emily Bazlebon that their daughters were subjected to significant cyberbullying from Prince in the months before she left Ireland – and believe her former school should have acted to prevent the self-harming that led to her suicide.

Phoebe had been cutting herself shortly after beginning second year in the Villiers boarding school outside Limerick, a problem her mother attributed to trouble she was having with other girls about a boy she was seeing.

When spoke to Villiers about the self-harming, principal Thomas Hardy said the school would not have been aware of any self-harm issues.

The parents of other girls involved in the romantic drama have insisted the school would have known about the issue, however, as it had investigated Prince and two other students over a Bebo profile they set up to abuse a former friend involved in the romance.

The girl, a former friend who had dated a boy Phoebe liked and whose father is Asian, was constantly slagged as a “Paki whore” – an eerie symmetry to the “Irish whore” taunts to which Prince was subjected after moving to Massachusetts – taunts over which her six classmates are now facing criminal investigation.

She had also used the site to communicate with the other girls behind the fake profile using her own account, and had written:


‘Chicken fillets’

Prince admitted at the time to posting a picture of chicken fillets – implying that the student had a smaller-than-average bust – on the profile, which had led to the student experiencing further bullying at the school, but insisted that that contribution was her only one to the page.

She had expressed sincere apology for her role in the bullying, however, and the victim’s mother – despite having reported the bullying to the Department of Education and having withdrawn her daughter from the school as a result – maintains that Phoebe was, at heart, a good child.

The site asks, however, whether Prince’s self-harming could have been addressed during her time in Villiers, and if so whether she may have been better equipped to deal with the abuse she in turn received at South Hadley High that led her to end her life. The article states that Prince’s parents are understood to share the same view.