Cyber Bullying is an aggressive, intentional act that is carried out by one or several people, using electronic devices against a victim who cannot easily defend him or herself.
Some methods of cyber bullying include; phone calls, text messages, emails, instant messaging using text, picture or video and on social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat etc.
The Department published new anti-bullying procedures for all primary and post primary schools at the beginning of the 2013/14 school year. They include specific requirements in relation to the use of prevention and education strategies and the consistent investigation, follow up and recording of bullying behaviour.
A very important element of the new procedures to help ensure greater transparency for parents and pupils is the requirement for schools to publish their anti-bullying policy on the school’s website and to provide it to the parents association.