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Student’s plea on cyberbullying

I am writing to you to express my disappointment with the Government and to alert them to the lack of guidelines for the prevention of cyberbullying.

The "latest" set of guidelines on bullying published by the Government date back to 1993. As a teenager and frequent internet user, I don’t think this is good enough.

Recently a young girl, Ciara Pugsley, committed suicide.

Just a week ago, yet another girl killed herself. Canadian teen Amanda Todd was also a victim of cyberbullying. She made one mistake and her whole life turned upside down.

Her whole school turned against her. She was beaten on numerous occasions and tried to take her own life a few times before she was successful.

Obviously the Government thinks this isn’t a serious enough issue for them to be bothered with. They have enough time to take money from our children and make cutback after cutback, but do nothing to save young people’s lives.

In 1993, when the current anti-bullying guidelines were drawn up, the internet was not even a fraction of what it is today.

Teenagers spend hours every single day checking their friends’ status on Facebook and yet there are no set guidelines if they are being attacked.

The Government has spent millions making sure our citizens are safe on our roads and on our streets. Why can’t they take the time to keep our teenagers safe on the cyber highways of the internet? I shudder to think of the consequences of this inaction in the future. As a teenage citizen of this State my generation surely deserves better.

Aine Curtin
Boherbue Comprehensive
Cork