South Tipperary Independent TD Mattie McGrath has urged all parents to discuss the matter of cyber-bullying with their children in an effort deal with what he has called “a national crisis” following the tragic death of a second teenager in the last number of weeks which has been linked to cyber-bullying.
“We have a national crisis on our hands and this matter needs to be addressed. We can put a national strategy in place but the reality is that there have been a number of anti-bullying strategies in place over the years but this issue just seems to be spiralling out of control so I believe we as parents need to sit down with our children to discuss what they are really doing online” said Mr McGrath.
“We need to have an open and frank discussion with our children on how something that is posted online can have such devastating consequences. As parents, I believe that we have to take some responsibility in this matter. Our Children are being given more and more access to the internet with smart phones and computers and it is no longer possible for children to escape from the bullies.” Continued McGrath
Deputy McGrath said that there are resources available to assist parents who may not be confident discussing this matter with their children and who require information on how best to approach the topic such as Webwise- The Irish Internet Safety Centre website www.webwise.ie or by contacting the National Parents Helpline on 01-8874477.