This month, An Garda Síochána will deliver a series of anti cyber bullying talks in local schools to promote Safer Internet Day, a global internet safety initiative, which takes place today Tuesday 5th February 2013.
The ‘Talks in Schools’ programme will be delivered to secondary school pupils throughout the country promoting positive interventions by witnesses of online bullying situations and appropriate coping strategies for victims.
Titled ‘Connect with Respect, this new module of the Garda Schools Programme aims to change the attitude of bystanders to make them more likely to intervene positively and effectively in online bullying situations. It also aims to help students to understand the impact that cyber bullying can have on different people, and to recognise that cyber bullying is not acceptable.
It hopes to help prevent this behaviour from occurring, and to enable people to respond effectively if it does.
The programme covers off a number of topics related to cyber bullying including key advice and information about cyber bullyiny and what cyber bullying is and who is responsible for dealing with it
A brief video will be shown showcasing a teenager (Joe), who is the victim of cyber bullying, will be shown to the pupils with post video discussion activity. Chief Superintendent Ann Marie McMahon, Community Relations at An Garda Síochána said.
“An Garda Síochána recognises the challenges and dangers which advances in social media has brought to young people.
It is because of this recognition of the issues presented this programme entitled ‘Connect with Respect’ has been developed as part of the Garda Secondary Schools Programme.”