Staff and students at Colaiste Mhuire in Johnstown, Ireland have decided to tackle cyberbullying directly and have launched an awareness initiative to help deal with the issue which is being blamed for a number of suicides among young people in recent months.

“After the tragic deaths that happened before Christmas we decided to be more proactive and thought it was important for the school to show some leadership. There is a myth out there that if you ignore something it will go away and we tried to dispel that. We taught students about internet etiquette and where the boundaries are and we would encourage parents to be ‘friends’ with their children on social networking sites,” said John Dunne, coordinator of the initiative.

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