Launch of ‘Cyber Safe’ campaign

Ryan Mc Gee from the Department of Education with Ashleen Schenning, Vice-Chair of Causeway Coast and Glens Policing and Community Safety Partnership and Chair William King.PICTURE KEVIN MCAULEY/MCAULEY MULTIMEDIAA/CCGBC

Ryan Mc Gee from the Department of Education with Ashleen Schenning, Vice-Chair of Causeway Coast and Glens Policing and Community Safety Partnership and Chair William King.PICTURE KEVIN MCAULEY/MCAULEY MULTIMEDIAA/CCGBC

Causeway Coast and Glens Policing and Community Safety Partnership has launched a new campaign around cyber bullying to “help young people who may feel isolated and vulnerable”.

In a joint approach with the Department of Education, a spokesperson said the new campaign targets students in post primary schools across the Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council area, including schools in the Roe Valley area.

“The ‘Cyber Safe’ project has been designed to act as a constant visual reminder, with local signposting helping young people affected by online bullying,” said the spokesperson.

Student resources carrying the message ‘Sticks and stones or clicks & phones … online bullying is still wrong’ have been distributed.

Officials from the Department of Education will visit each school in the borough.

Pupils will be warned about the dangers and consequences of online bullying and other internet concerns.

The project aims to “help young people who may feel isolated and vulnerable”, said PCSP chair, councillor William King.

“More young people have access to the internet and social media than ever before, so the potential for cyber bullying is on the increase,” said Colr. King.

“People affected may feel trapped and without a support network.”

Colr. King said the aim of the project it so to help people with support while offering a message to those involved in online bullying.

“This project will help them to find the support they need.

“It also offers a message to those involved in online bullying.

“It tells them that it is real bullying, that it is wrong, and that it is being tackled by police.”