Sunday 8 December 2019

€55,000 extra to fight cyberbullies

Minister for Education and Skills Jan O'Sullivan said she has been contacted by parents who are worried cyberbullying
Minister for Education and Skills Jan O'Sullivan said she has been contacted by parents who are worried cyberbullying
Katherine Donnelly

Katherine Donnelly

PARENTS are seeking more support in helping their children combat cyberbullying, according to Education Minister, Jan O'Sullivan

Ms O'Sullivan, who was appointed in July, said she has already been contacted by many parents who wanted to know how to support their children in preventing cyberbullying and in dealing with it when it does arise.

She announced that her department was making a further €55,000 available for anti-bullying training sessions for parents in 2014, on top of €60,000 announced earlier in the year.

The funding will allow for more than 200 training sessions throughout the school year. Last year, almost 3,300 parents availed of training at 105 sessions.

The Anti-Bullying Parent Training Programme is run jointly by the national parents' councils, at both primary and post-primary level.

The minister said parents who attended previous sessions reported that it had given them more confidence in supporting their child with a bullying issue and in engaging with their school if a bullying incident arose.

The minister encouraged parents to avail of the training, saying: "Everyone in the wider community has an important role to play in tackling all forms of bullying and in teaching children how to manage relationships, be resilient and have empathy for others.

Irish Independent

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