Welcome to Tackle Bullying; a national website to counter bullying and cyberbullying for young people, parents and teachers.
What can I find on the website?
This website contains a number of different pages of information for young people, parents and teachers to learn more about bullying and cyberbullying. What they are, the different types of both and how to effectively prevent and counter bullying. The website also contains a forum for people to share their own stories and give advice to others. Parents, teachers and young people can also use the “Get Help” and Resources page to get useful information to help and learn more. Website users can also contact the creators; The National Anti-Bullying Research and Resource Centre at DCU for more information and support on bullying.
Who is the website for?
The Tackle Bullying website is a national website to prevent, intervene and resolve bullying for everyone. If you have been affected by bullying and you are not sure what to do Tackle Bullying can help you to find out. It does not matter if it is you who has been bullied or if you have seen someone else being picked on, you can log on, learn more, get advice and talk to others your age or from one of our Moderators who are trained in how to deal with bullying. If you feel strongly about bullying and would like to support others who are been bullied you are also welcome to use the forum.
How the forum works
You are free to read through other people’s posts in the public Discussion Forum and may find some information there that is helpful. If you want to post a problem or take part in discussions, you will need to register with Tackle Bullying. When you register you will be given a username. From then on your peers and others on the site will only know you as this username meaning your privacy will be protected at all times. You will always remain anonymous unless you choose to contact the website and directly give your name or contact information. If you would like to hear from other young people, you can post something in the Discussion Forum. Other people your age will read your message and post replies giving you advice and support.
We ask that if you are feeling very unhappy or have a bullying problem that is seriously affecting you that you contact one of our Moderators directly by sending them an email in the ‘Get Help’ section. That way you will be able to speak privately about your situation and get advice on how to handle things. If the Moderator is not able to provide you with the information you need, you will then be provided with contact details for someone who can help you. Unfortunately we are not in a position to provide online counselling.
What’s in the Resources section?
The Resources section contains some useful information for parents, teachers and young people on what to do if you are bullied or if you know that someone else is being bullied and some tips on staying cyber-safe. This section also contains lots of information on bullying, such as research reports, newspaper articles and up to date information on the subject which might be useful for school projects.
When you use the Tackle Bullying website, you are giving your consent to abide by its rules. If you break the rules, you may receive a warning and may even be excluded from the website.
We ask that anybody using the Tackle Bullying site to abide by the following rules and guidelines:
- Be kind and respectful at all times when engaging with others on the Tackle Bullying forum.
- Please be mindful that others using the site may be in a vulnerable place at the moment so think carefully before you write anything.
- Be conscious of the information you give and the impact it could have on someone. For example, the person who bullies may also be or have been a victim of bullying.
- Exercise the same caution on Tackle Bullying as you would on any other internet site: do NOT give anyone your real name or contact details and never arrange to meet anyone offline that you have only met through Tackle Bullying.
- Tackle Bullying is managed by an online moderator who has the authority to block messages deemed inappropriate or those that break the rules. The moderator will also remove content that is insulting or derogatory. So if you have a problem with another site user, speak to a moderator rather than getting into a disagreement with them. And if you see any conversations which are offensive or upsetting, you have a responsibility to notify the online moderators who will investigate the situation.
- Please also take good care of yourself and other users. If you are in conversation with another user and you find you are getting emotional or it’s getting too much for you, please get in touch with the moderator who can offer you some advice.
The Advisory Board
- Ms Aine Lynch – National Parents Council
- Ms Carol-Anne O’Brien – BelongTo
- Ms Caroline O’Sullivan – ISPCC
- Mr Christopher Lyons – Intel Security
- Mr Conor Sullivan – School of Education Studies, DCU
- Mr Gavin O’Leary – Department of Education and Skills
- Dr Irene Connolly – National Anti-Bullying Research and Resource Centre
- Ms Irene Guedan – Intel Security
- Ms Isabelle Geraghty – Irish Second-Level Students Union
- Dr James O’Higgins Norman (National Anti-Bullying Research and Resource Centre)
- Mr Liam Challenor – National Anti-Bullying Research and Resource Centre
- Ms Lynda O’Shea – National Parents Council Post-Primary
- Ms Marguerite Kiely – Pieta House
- Professor Mona O’Moore – National Anti-Bullying Research and Resource Centre
- Mr Simon Grehan – Webwise/PDST