Mountmellick talks aimed at stemming cyberbullying

According to a recent Irish report to mark Safer Internet Day 2013, cyber bullying is having a significant emotional impact on the young people of Ireland.

According to a recent Irish report to mark Safer Internet Day 2013, cyber bullying is having a significant emotional impact on the young people of Ireland.

Cyber bullying is simply a form of bullying which uses electronic communication methods such as email, chat room, discussion groups, online social networks, texting etc.

As part of Laois Connects, Mary McGrath of the Athlone Education Centre will deliver ‘Cyber bullying and our young people - Information and advice for parents of secondary school students’.

The talks takes place in Mountmellick Community School from 7.30 - 9.30pm on Monday, of September 30. It aims to provide practical support to parents who want to protect their children.

Mary works as a schools health promotion officer funded by the HSE focussing on creating health promoting post-primary schools in the midlands.

The initiative has been developed by the HSE with input from the Department of Education and Skills with the aim of strengthening the school’s capacity as a healthy setting for living, learning and working.

This initiative is part of the ‘Well-Being in Post-Primary Schools Guidelines for Mental Health Promotion and Suicide Prevention’ which was launched early this year.

Schools are invited to participate in the health promoting schools initiative which gives a framework for many health prompting activities including mental health and cyber bullying.

Schools in many cases are already doing many positive health promoting activities and the work of school health promotion officer can support and strengthen this work.

Mary’s presentation will address how cyber bullying happens, the effects on young people and how a parent can support their child.