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Lynch and McGahan welcome cyber -bullying seminar

Published: 20 October, 2015

Sinn Féin MLA's Seán Lynch and Bronwyn McGahan, members of the Justice Committee, have welcomed the recent Justice Committee seminar which dealt with the issue of cyber-crime including cyber bullying.

Mr Lynch said,

"The seminar took place at the W5 in the Odyssey Complex in Belfast on 15th October and was a welcome move in developing a strategy in dealing with cyber-crime, including bullying.

"I was delighted to welcome teacher Edel Meehan and pupils from St Comhghall's Secondary School, Lisnaskea, to the seminar which was also being streamed live to schools across the six counties.

"We have seen over recent years how many young people have been victims of cyber bullying leading to tragic circumstances where some of these young people have taken their own lives."

Ms McGahan added,

"In the modern digital age the vast majority of our children have access to the internet in one way or another so it is important that children are educated on the dangers of being online and how to combat it.

"The seminar looked at aspects of online protection for children, cyber-bullying and online reputation.

"It also considered organised crime, identity theft, fraud and cyber-attacks on businesses and institutions and discussed ways of combatting these threats.

"We would appeal to anyone who is suffering from online bullying to seek help through their parents, their school, youth club or the PSNI." ENDS