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Sunday 20 April 2014

Worried parents do classes in bid to beat the bullies

EXTRA funding is being released to boost an anti-bullying programme rolled out just days ago, after massive takeup from concerned parents.

Venues are already packed out for the free two-hour sessions, which are being provided as part of the Department of Education's new Anti-Bullying Action Plan.

Education Minister Ruairi Quinn allocated €40,000 for the anti-bullying programme, but just days after it kicked off, the minister has announced additional funding of €20,000.

As a result, the number of training nights countrywide scheduled between now and Christmas will increase from 70 to 115.

Concern over bullying has grown significantly with the advent of the internet, and several high-profile suicides of teenagers.

According to the 'Growing up in Ireland' study, 40pc of nine-year-olds reported being a victim of bullying.

Irish Independent

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