11 Feb 2014

11 February 2014

Commissioner for Children and Young People, Patricia Lewsley-Mooney said:

“The internet in all its forms is a tremendous resource for children and young people, and one which has opened up more possibilities in the past five years than anyone could have predicted.

“However, it also presents risks such as cyber bullying extending beyond the school into the home, and in the case of smart phones, into the pocket of the victim.

“Schools, Parents and Carers need to be aware of the impact of cyber bullying, and must ‘educate’ their children and young people about safe use of internet connected devices.

““As today is Safer Internet Day, there is an opportunity to engage in sensitive, age appropriate, discussions with children and young people, and to advise on the safe use of many of the online resources now available.

“I would also urge children and young people who have experienced - or indeed who are currently experiencing - cyber bullying, to speak to a Teacher, Parent or a trusted adult about this.”

ENDS