Celbridge student wins anti-bullying poster competition

Safer internet day

Niamh O'Donoghue

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Celbridge student wins anti-bullying poster competition

Kate Prokopceno

Kate Prokopceno from Celbridge Community School was at Facebook’s International Headquarters in Dublin yesterday to receive her award for her winning entry to theTackleBullying.ie poster competition. 

She was joined by students from eight secondary schools around Ireland attending the event run by the National Anti-Bullying Research and Resource Centre at Dublin City University and held to mark Safer Internet Day.

The competition works to raise awareness of www.tacklebullying.ie, an anti-bullying website with students designing posters around five central themes: combating bullying; promoting bystanders; combating cyberbullying; combating disablist bullying; and LGBT bullying.

Her winning poster was selected from over 250 entries, with three individuals being named overall category prize-winners.

Head of Public Policy for Facebook Ireland, Niamh Sweeney, said, “We are delighted to support the work of the National Anti-Bullying Centre today by hosting this event. Facebook has a huge responsibility when it comes to the safety of young people online, and it’s through partnerships like this that we can tackle the problem of cyberbullying together.

“We want everybody who uses Facebook – and young people in particular – to feel safe and supported when they connect online with their friends and family. And that’s why we are delighted to partner with the National Anti-Bullying Research and Resource Centre at DCU to support this initiative which raises awareness and empowers young people to combat bullying.”

DCU Associate Professor, James O’Higgins Norman commented; “The internet and social media provide great benefits to young people. Through social media young people can learn, be entertained, make friends, share and extend the boundaries of their world. Yet, just as there are dangers offline there are dangers and risks online but these should never be allowed to block out the benefits of internet and social media for young people." 

"We need to listen more to what young people tell us about their experiences online and not jump to easy solutions to complex problems. Parents are best placed to gradually induct their children into the benefits of the web and to prepare them to recognise and protect themselves from possible dangers."

Developed by the National Anti-Bullying Research and Resource Centre at Dublin City University on behalf of the Department of Education & Skills, TackleBullying.ie is an online resource for young people affected by bullying, parents and teachers.

It offers a forum, supervised by trained moderators, in which teenagers can share their experiences with their peers or offer support to others. The site also contains useful information on the subject, such as tips on staying cyber-safe, and relevant newspaper articles which might be useful for school projects.