The prevalence of cyberbullying is revealed in the report on www.offalyexpress.ie on the survey of first years in Coláiste Íosagáin, Portarlington. (See links at bottom of this article)
The survey shows the frequency of use of social networking sites among younger students, and how many of them witness cyber bullying firsthand.
The use of social network sites is very common now as one of the principal means of communication for young teens, and even younger.
The popularity of anonymous websites has also been highlighted in the survey, with a high percentage of use amongst young people. None of this is hardly fresh news, only to confirm the dominance of social media.
That cyber bullying is an offshoot of these forms of communication is an ugly manifestation of what should be a positive force.
One in three of the students surveyed said that they witness cyber bullying ‘very often.’
Tacking this problem is a huge challenge for schools and all who work with young people.
For teens, many of whom are at a vulnerable stage of their lives, it needs to be dealt with in a sensitive, yet robust, manner.