Local school pupils recently attended a high profile anti-trolling event held in Craigavon Civic and Conference Centre to raise awareness of online dangers to young people and to give them the skills to deal with trolls.
Organised by the Police and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP) together with Yellow Ribbon, the event was attended by pupils from St. Patrick’s, Banbridge and Newbridge Integrated School.
The event explained just how significant trolling can be and in particular the psychological harm that can impact young people being bullied online.
It gave out vital information useful for pupils, parents and teachers on what trolls do, how to block them and how to report them to the police to ensure the protection of those spending time on the internet.
“We were delighted to see the support for this event,” commented the Chair of the PSCP, Alderman Robert Smith “as this is an issue that we are seeing time and time again.
“We are seeing increasing numbers of young people asking for help to deal with online bullying by trolls and it is vitally important that we explain the dangers, where they can turn for help, advice and protection as well as equipping them with the skills they need to deal with trolls.”
Chief Inspector Davy Beck from the PSNI said, “Trolling is insidious and uses the technology that is so much a part of our young people’s lives to hurt and target them.
“The digital world moves very quickly and it is vital that we talk about and raise awareness of the possible dangers.”
Dr Arthur Cassidy, Consultant Psychologist Director of Yellow Ribbon added, “We are being saturated by young people asking for help and families who don’t know what trolls mean. It is crucially important to keep abreast of rapid developments on internet safety to protect our young people online so we can beat trolls together.”
Newbridge Integrated Schools have produced an award winning initiative – Newbridge won the Diana Award their Anti-Bullying Ambassadors campaign.
For more information, please contact the PCSP on 0300 0300 900.