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Tuesday 17 September 2019

Facebook and DCU join forces for safer internet day

Ellie Donnelly

Ellie Donnelly

Students from eight secondary schools around Ireland were yesterday rewarded for their participation in the poster competition.

The competition, run by the national anti-bullying research and resource centre at DCU, and supported by Facebook Ireland, McAfee, O’Neills, ShoutOut, Education Publishing Company of Ireland and the Department of Education, was held to mark Safer Internet Say, which promotes a safer internet for all users.

"We are delighted to support the work of the National Anti-Bullying Centre today by hosting this event," Niamh Sweeney, Head of Public Policy for Facebook Ireland, said.

"Facebook has a huge responsibility when it comes to the safety of young people online, and it’s through partnerships like this that we can tackle the problem of cyberbullying together."

The students involved in the competition designed posters around five central themes: combating bullying; promoting bystanders; combating cyberbullying; combating disability bullying; and LGBT bullying.

Eleven winners were selected from over 250 entries, with three individuals being named overall category prize-winners.

The category winners came from Celbridge, Co Kildare; Ennistymon, Co. Clare; and Lucan, Co. Dublin.

Posters from the finalists posters have been made available to download via and can be used as a resource in classrooms around Ireland.

Developed by the National Anti-Bullying Research and Resource Centre at DCU on behalf of the Department of Education, is an online resource for young people affected by bullying, parents and teachers.

It offers a forum, supervised by trained moderators, in which teenagers can share their experiences with their peers or offer support to others.

The site also contains information on the subject, such as tips on staying cyber-safe.

"Just as there are dangers offline there are dangers and risks online but these should never be allowed to block out the benefits of internet and social media for young people," James O’Higgins Norman, DCU Associate Professor, said.

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