Tuesday 25 April 2017

Editorial: Education is only way to combat this cyber scourge

Cyber-bullying has had some devastating consequences. Picture posed. Thinkstock Images
Cyber-bullying has had some devastating consequences. Picture posed. Thinkstock Images

Cyber-bullying is one of the scourges of our age, an insidious new crime that has arrived with the widespread use of everyday technology: iPhones, iPads, laptops and other devices. With every benefit to society, in general there inevitably comes a downside and we are quickly learning the drawbacks of these particular innovations. These are tools that most of us now find essential in our daily lives, yet they can be used to cause great harm. Without even realising it, people can, and do, inflict pain and suffering on others with the casual, almost careless press of the 'send' button.

Cyber-bullying, particularly for children and young adults who are so wedded to this new means of mass communication, has had some devastating consequences, including death.

So it is commendable that Minister for Communications Pat Rabbitte will soon present a comprehensive report on the issue to Cabinet.

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