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Colreavy welcomes the launch of the social media report

18 July, 2013 - by Michael Colreavy TD

Deputy Michael Colreavy, Sinn Féin spokesperson on Communications, Energy and Natural Resources has welcomed the publication of the report on ‘Addressing the growth of Social Media and tackling Cyberbullying’ by the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Communications and Transport.

Speaking following the publication of the report Deputy Colreavy said:

“This report is an important step in the debate as to how social media and cyberbullying should be addressed at a government level.

“Social media has grown rapidly in the past number of years and it has radically changed the way people communicate with each other.

“Social media, as a whole, has brought benefits to the lives of many people. However, we also must be aware of how social media can be used to inflict misery on people’s lives.

“The committee’s report outlines a number of recommendations of how cyberbullying and the inappropriate use of social media should be tackled.

“The report recommends that employers should be encouraged to introduce a social media policy in workplaces to tackle cyberbullying in the workplace.

“It also recommends that SPHE curriculum be revised in schools to teach children how to use social media properly.

“The report believes that the Office for Internet Safety does not adequately deal with cyberbullying. Therefore, a single body should be established to deal with the issue and the funding and organisation of this should be agreed with the industry.

“Hopefully the recommendations in this report will help tackle the problem of cyberbullying and allow everyone to use social media safely.” ENDS

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