Northern Ireland

Schools in Northern Ireland to focus on cyberbullying

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Image caption Schools will look at the problem of cyberbullying

Almost 650 schools across Northern Ireland are to explore the impact of cyberbullying this week.

It is part of this year's anti-bullying week which begins on Monday.

According to Department of Education research in Northern Ireland, 15.5% of Year 6 pupils and 17% of Year 9 pupils surveyed have experienced cyberbullying in recent months.

Three-quarters of teachers in post-primary schools surveyed said cyberbullying was more prevalent.

Lee Kane, regional anti-bullying co-ordinator, said anti-bullying week provided a channel for teachers and parents to challenge all bullying methods: "We are overwhelmed by the interest from both schools and parents in this year's anti-bullying week.

"It is a clear indication of the concerns that exist in relation to cyberbullying.

"Anti-bullying week is a great opportunity to reinforce key anti-bullying messages for all of those involved in schools - pupils, teachers, support staff and parents."

Cyber bullying can be exhibited through the use of mobile phones, online gaming, email and social networking.

Anti-bullying week will run until Friday 18 November.

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