Communications Minister Pat Rabbitte last week launched a public consultation on social media and people are now being asked to give their views on how to protect young people from harmful material and cyberbullying on the internet.
“As a young mother, I am all too familiar with the fears that many Limerick parents have about their childrens’ activities online and of the potential problems of bullying and harassment that can ensue on social media sites”.
“Online bullying is a serious problem which I know has affected many young people, often with tragic consequences. Local schools and youth groups have done incredible work in raising awareness, but to go further we need direct feedback from those people affected to help inform the Minister’s work,” she said.
Ms Secas believes it is vitally important that local parents and young people engage with the public consultation process which will feed into a broader plan by Government to protect young people from cyberbullying.
“I would strongly encourage all those with views on these issues to complete their submissions by the deadline of Friday February 28 next,” she added.
To fill out the consultation form log onto www.dcenr.gov.ie.