Cyber bullying workshop for Naas

Event: Naas No Name Club will host the online safety project

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Cyber bullying workshop for Naas

The event will be held at Naas GAA club

An online safety and cyber bullying workshop for parents of primary school children takes place on March 6 at Naas GAA club from 7pm and 9pm.

The idea for the event came from the members of the club following a conference last November. The club members recognised a gap for parents of younger children who are using connected devices such as gaming consoles, iPods, smart phones, and tablets to ensure their safety in an increasingly digital environment. It is a ticketed event (€10) and tickets are available from Naas No Name Club members and adult volunteers at Naas GAA Club on Wednesday 28 February between 7.30pm and 9.30pm

Caroline O’Connor, Chairperson of Naas No Name Club said: “We are incredibly proud of our members who asked for this event to be run and their recognition of the gap of knowledge for parents of younger children. Their concern for the safety of younger members of our families and community highlights the responsible active citizenship which we encourage. Following the talk from subject expert John Dwyer (www.stopcyberbullying.ie) at NNC’s national conference last year, this will be an eye opening event.

“John’s knowledge and clear explanations help to fill the gaps in parents minds, so enabling them to educate and protect primary school children,” added Ms. O’Connor.

In an ever-evolving cyber world online safety is paramount but many young people are oblivious to danger and in many cases believe that when online they are anonymous.

The vast majority of Irish children have already identified themselves by name, photograph and the school they attend on Social Networking Sites (SNS).

Places are limited to 40 per session .