Friday 23 February 2018

One-in-five parents fear bullying of child online

Lyndsey Telford

NEARLY a fifth of parents believe their child has fallen victim to cyber bullying.

And over half check their child's internet activity at least once a week, according to a poll commissioned by the National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals (NAPD).

Clive Byrne, director of the association which represents second-level school leaders, said it is critical that parents and carers are vigilant against online bullying.

"While responsibility for dealing with cyber bullying is shared across society, the victim must remain our central focus," Mr Byrne said.

"We must empower our children to use the new tools of the information age while at the same time educate them about the terrible harm they can cause if these tools are abused."

The association will be working with principals to introduce school-wide policies that monitor the risk of cyber bullying, Mr Byrne said.

The survey, by Amarach Research, found that 18pc of parents believe their child has been bullied online. Around one in six (12pc) suspect that their child has bullied another child over the internet.

Irish Independent

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