Children and Young People growing up in Ireland are continually being bombarded with the ever increasing influx of Online Tools, smart gadgets, widgets and social networks. Most of whom cope well with this increased sophistication and flourish amidst the many positive aspects of work, play and social interaction. However, the online “connected” world has many hidden dangers.
Donegal Youth Service provides workshops to educate people about the dangers of the Internet and in particular Cyberbullying, the following areas are dealt with:
Additionally, we strive to encourage both parents and young people to have positive attitudes towards the Internet and embrace it in a responsible and age appropriate manner.
Donegal Youth Service has a team of experienced staff who facilitate a mixture of age appropriate workshops and seminars to children, young people, parents and teachers. These sessions are available at both primary and secondary level as well as to other education providers and community groups.
So if you would like us to work with children and young people in your school or group, please contact us. Our sessions last about 70 minutes and are designed to get young people thinking about this topic. We aim to encourage young people to improve their empathy and to develop “positive online behaviours” and become more aware of risk taking behaviour and associated dangers. We can never ensure that a child or young person will never be cyberbullied: BUT we can ensure that we empower them with the knowledge and information to deal with it appropriately if it does happen.
If you are a young person who has been affected by Cyberbullying or indeed currently being bullied, please contact us for information and support. For parents who would like help and support to deal with cyberbullying DYS will provide information, advice, suggestions, support and an advocacy service. Don’t delay contact us today!
For more information, to have a chat, or to book a workshop call Gareth Gibson, Youth Information Manager in the DYS head office on 074 91 29630. You can also pop in to Donegal Youth Service to have a chat if you need support or information.