The allocation of a further €20 million in funding from the Department of Education for Anti-Bullying Parent Training Programmes has been described as
‘a very timely intervention’ by Offaly Fine Gael TD, Marcella Corcoran Kennedy.
Deputy Corcoran Kennedy stated that bullying is a very serious issue, and parents need to be aware of the types of bullying that their children can be subjected to, particularly the whole area of cyber-bullying.
The €20,000 which was allocated this week comes on top of an allocation of €40,000 last month and the monies will be allocated to the National Parents
Councils at both Primary and Post-Primary level to provide training sessions for parents in how to deal with bullying.
“In light of a number of high-profile and very tragic cases in which teenagers took their own lives as a result of text and on-line bullying, every parent needs to be acutely aware of the signs to watch out for if their child is being bullied, and they also need to be aware of what help they can avail of,” said the Deputy.
A total of 115 Parent Training Programmes are to be offered nationwide, and details of the dates and locations will be announced shortly. Deputy Corcoran
Kennedy has urged all parents to avail of these Programmes if they are offered in their local area, and has pledged to liaise with the Department of Education and parents to combat the very serious issue of bullying in schools.