FINE Gael MEP Sean Kelly will host a major national cyber-bullying forum, in Kilmurry Lodge, later this week, to highlight the prevention of online bullying.
Mr Kelly will launch the forum on Friday, September 27, between 9.30am and 12pm.
He is set to provide an overview of cyber-bullying across EU member states, and touch off EU Data Protection reform, at the conference.
Facebook’s safety and user operations chief, Cormac Keenan will discuss the the internet’s disengagement with negative content on websites to prevent online harassment.
Beat Bullying international director, Niall Cowley will discuss the Beat Bullying UK findings on cyber-bullying, where more than 1,700 young EU citizens are at risk of death by suicide due to online harassment.
“Cyber-bullying, or Bullying by social media, is a problem of epidemic proportions affecting mostly young people. It is a very serious challenge for parents, teachers, mental health and youth/community workers.
“It has fuelled a national and Europe-wide debate on how to best to tackle the issue,” the MEP stated.
Mr Kelly is campaigning for an EU and national-level scheme to combat cyber-bullying, in association with figures in education, government and commercial sectors.
“I am glad to say there is cross-party and multi-stakeholder agreement in Europe that we, as a society, need to do all we can to eradicate bullying. We need to change the behaviour, the attitude and the belief systems that allow bullying to persist in our schools, in our communities and in workplaces in some cases. Schools should be supported in rolling out anti-bullying programmes.
“I am also strongly advocating for the establishment of an EU Anti-Bullying Day,” he said.