MONAGHAN PARENTS ALERTED TO CYBER BULLYING RISKS

15 July 2011 No Comments by The Northern Standard

by Cianna McNally

SEVENTY five percent of students who were surveyed in schools in Monaghan have been bullied or cyber bullied.
This startling fact was revealed at a meeting of Monaghan Town Joint Policing Committee on Tuesday evening during a presentation on cyber bullying which was given by 17-year-old Tiffeny Vallance from Youthreach, Castleblayney.
Cyber bullying is when a child, pre-teen or teen is tormented, threatened, harassed, humiliated, embarrassed or targeted by another child, pre-teen or teen using the internet or mobile phones.
Extreme cases of cyber bullying have resulted in some deaths and suicide.
Children have killed each other and committed suicide after having been involved in a cyber bullying incident. However, according to Tiffeny a cyber bully can be anybody of any age.
People cyber bully for entertainment or because they are bored and have too much time on their hands and too many tech toys available to them.
Many do it for laughs or to get a reaction. Some do it by accident, and send a message to the wrong recipient or don’t think before they send the text message the Youthreach student told the JPC.
Direct attacks of cyber bullying include text messages sent via websites, interactive games and webcams to name a few.
The importance of being cautious with email passwords was highlighted as Tiffeny informed those present that if a password is stolen victims can be locked out of their email account or viruses can be sent to their computer.
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