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Gardai to hold talks on cyber bullying

GARDAI in Donegal are to deliver anti cyber bullying talks in local schools this month to promote safe use of the Internet.
The new Garda schools programme ‘Connect with Respect’ will focus on the positive impact bystanders can have on cyber bullying situations

This month, An Garda Síochána will deliver a series of anti cyber bullying talks in Donegal schools to promote Safer Internet Day, a global Internet safety initiative, which takes place on Tuesday, February 5.

The ‘Talks in Schools’ programme will be delivered, during the month of February, to secondary school pupils throughout the country promoting positive interventions by witnesses of online bullying situations and appropriate coping strategies for victims.

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‘Connect with Respect’ aims to change the attitude of bystanders to make them more likely to intervene positively and effectively in online bullying situations. It also aims to help students to understand the impact that cyber bullying can have on different people, and to recognise that cyber bullying is not acceptable. It hopes to help prevent this behaviour from occurring, and to enable people to respond effectively if it does.

The programme covers off a number of topics related to cyber bullying including: Key advice and information about cyber bullying; What is cyber bullying and who is responsible for dealing with it; A brief video showcasing a teenager (Joe), who is the victim of cyber bullying, will be shown to the pupils with post video discussion activity.

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