Ireland North West MEP, Pat the Cope Gallagher called on EU policymakers “to wake up to the consequences of online bullying”. Mr. Gallagher was speaking during a key debate on protecting children in the digital world held in the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Monday evening.
 
Following the debate, the European Parliament today (20 November) approved by a large majority “The Report on Protecting Children in the Digital World” drafted by Italian MEP Silvia Costa.
 
Mr. Gallagher stated during the debate that “In Ireland, we unfortunately have become all too aware of the terrible consequences of online bullying due to several tragic incidents”.
 
“The report recognises the risk posed by the internet in terms of online intimidation and bullying.”
 
“I fully support the recommendation contained in the report which calls for an educational alliance among families, schools and civil society to protect all children on the internet.”
 
“I also support the need for greater awareness raising initiatives aimed at parents and schools. It is also necessary to introduce the proper mechanisms at school level to support those who have been affected by online bullying.”
 
“It is vital that we continue to train and educate both parents and teachers to keep them up to speed with new technologies, social networking sites and crucially how young people use them.”