Tuesday 21 November 2017

Students urged to report insulting sites

Girls were rated on site page
Girls were rated on site page
Caroline Crawford

Caroline Crawford

A STUDENTS' union is urging members to report "bullying" and "derogatory" Facebook sites, which it says is a form of cyber-bullying against students.

GMIT (Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology) hit out at pages that upload images of students and ask others to rate them. The pages, including 'GMIT Babe of the Day' and 'Spotted in GMIT', are uploading images without the permission of the students involved.

A further webpage called 'GMIT Bird of the Day' has since ceased operations following widespread anger among students. GMIT student union president Sam O'Neill said students had reacted angrily to the pages. "We've had a huge reaction from students. Many of them didn't realise their pictures had been put up on the sites. It's just another case of cyber-bullying," said Mr O'Neill.

"All it takes is one negative comment and that can have a huge effect on a student's mental health," he added.

The students' union is working with the college to have the pages shut down.

"We're urging people to check the privacy settings on their own pages because these people can just click on anyone's site and grab their photos," he added.

Any student who requires assistance in ensuring that their social media pages are secure can contact the Students' Union.

Irish Independent

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