West Tyrone Sinn Féin -- Building an Ireland of Equals

Anti-Bullying Week crucial in bringing issue centre stage

Published: 22 November, 2011

She said,

"Recent research published by the Department of Education revealed that the scourge of cyber-bullying is becoming more prevalent and that it is more likely to occur outside school hours as it is timely that this theme was adopted for this year's anti-bullying week.

"As well as anti-cyber bullying messages being delivered through lessons, assemblies and other activities the Departmental funded Anti-Bullying Forum ran a competition to provide either a poster or a two minute movie around the theme and I was particularly delighted at the success of Strabane schools in the competition with pupils from Loughash Primary securing first spot in the Movie Category and with young Kevin from St Mary's Boys securing runner up in the Poster Category.

"In congratulating these local winners and all the children who enthusiastically took part in both competitions I would like to highlight the fact that everyone in our society has a role to play in preventing cyber-bullying and we must work together in an effort to prevent this particularly menacing and damaging form of bullying- as friends, as parents, as teachers and as a community.