Saturday 20 December 2014

Parents neglecting to monitor phone use

JUST one in six Irish pupils have their mobile phones checked by their parents for indications of cyber-bullying, a new study reveals.

Researcher Shane Kearney said it was crucial that parents monitor their children's phones as much as their internet usage. Pupils said they found picture messaging via mobile phones the most harmful and upsetting form of cyber-bullying.

"It is imperative from a monitoring perspective that parents become knowledgeable, keep up-to-date and fully informed so they know what their children might be experiencing and act in a timely and effective fashion to protect and defend (them)," he added.

During his research Mr Kearney found 16.9pc of teenage girls questioned admitted they had suffered cyber-bullying. The study also found that almost half the young people questioned had witnessed or heard of cyber-bullying taking place.

Irish Independent

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