Fearon supports safer internet motion

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Thursday, February 7th, 2013

Sinn Féin MLA Megan Fearon spoke in the Assembly today in support of the motion for Safer Internet Day.

Speaking about the implications of the internet, Fearon said, “Internet use and social networking sites have seen a meteoric rise in use and as a result the way young people communicate and are educated, has been transformed entirely.

“This comes with many advantages but with these technological advances comes inherent dangers, particularly to children. An issue that has been growing at an alarming rate is that of cyber bullying.

She continued, “This can have serious detrimental effects on the mental health of the child; there have been many high profile cases where this form of bullying has resulted in the suicide of young people.

“Often parents are unable to monitor their children’s online activity. It is essential that parents are well equipped with the skills and knowledge to deal with online issues and have the capacity to protect their children.”

Fearon added, “I welcome the call for a cross departmental strategy to help children safely enjoy the internet. It is important we continue to move forward with technology, but children must be taught do so safely and with respect for others.”

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