One of the country’s leading universities have teamed up with the United Nations in a major new initiative to tackle bullying in schools and online.
UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, have agreed to establish a Chair at DCU in a significant international research collaboration aimed at tackling this growing epidemic.
The UNESCO Chair on Tackling Bullying in Schools and Cyberspace will initially run for four years. It will involve researchers and academics in Ireland and across the world working together to document incidents of bullying and violence in schools and the widespread harm associated with cyber bullying, particularly among young people.
The work of the new Chair will include measuring the international extent of bullying and the development of a set of measures aimed at preventing bullying and providing teachers, educators and parents with guidelines on how to intervene to prevent harmful practices arising in the school environment. It will also deliver a range of reports on bullying and associated recommendations over the term.
“This agreement is a significant development reflecting a concerted global effort to combat the harm caused by bullying in schools and bullying in cyberspace,” President of Dublin City University, Professor Brian MacCraith said.
“The Chair is very much a reflection of our values to make a transformative impact on lives and societies through research and engagement,” he added.
DCU is already home to a number of internationally-renowned research centres, including the National Anti-Bullying Research and Resource Centre, the Institute for International Conflict Resolution and the ADAPT Centre for Digital Content.