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Students deliver dramatic call to stop cyberthugs

A group of drama students hopes to deliver a unique message about cyberbullying.

Sarah Brennan (22), Sarah Griffin (26), Naomi Mulvany (22), Stephen Kane (22), Roisin Walsh (22), all fourth-year students of the Bull Alley Performance Course in the Liberties College, will be performing in a play that explores the theme of cyberbullying.

The play, entitled tech/NO/bullies, will travel to schools around the capital, and is being supported by O2 in time for today's Safer Internet Day.

The tech/NO/bullies play explores the role that the internet, mobile phones and social networking sites playing in the lives of today's youth. The play is devised as an energetic, informative and interactive programme, suitable for students from fifth-class primary up to transition year.

O2 say they are very aware of cyberbullying and offers a free service called BlockIT to combat the trend. BlockIT allows O2 customers to block unwanted text, picture and video messages from other mobile phone numbers.

The Liberties College students have included a reference to BlockIT in their play.

To set up the free BlockIT service, a customer can simply text BLOCK IT START to 50216. To block a number the customer then texts the word BLOCK and the mobile phone number to 50216.