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October 2012 Update..... In light of the ongoing issues and the tragic death recently of the girl in Donegal, the following guidelines were issued by www.Spunout.ie
SpunOut is advising young people to ignore bullying and not to respond online, to keep screenshot evidence and to report incidents to a trusted adult. It is also encouraging parents to speak to their children about behaving responsibly online.
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A staggering 26% of Irish teens said they or someone they know had been bullied on line, more astonishingly only 10% of them had discussed it with someone other than their friends.
Traditionally bullying took place in the school yard, but cyber-bullying is on the increase. What is Cyber-bullying? It is the terms given to bullying that is done either in text-messages, email, Facebook posts, Twitter tweets, Youtube posting just to name a few.
Although technology provides numerous benefits to young people it also has a “dark side”. Social networking sites such as Facebook. Twitter MSN, have opened the doors for cyber bullying on a “Grand scale”. It can happen to anyone and the perpetrator can act anonymously and can say things they’d never say in real life. Cyber bullying, as with all forms of bullying can have a very negative impact on young people including :
· Undermine their confidence, their sense of security and their self esteem.
· Affect their performance and attendance at school
· Cause stress which in turn can affect their mental health which can lead to suicidal thoughts
With cyber-bullying, unlike traditional forms of bullying, it can take place 24/7 and not just during school hours. Cyber-bullying often invades the person’s home and their personal space. It can last a lot longer and be done very quickly and on a much larger scale.