It will have come as a shock to many this week, to see a young 24-year-old Dublin woman charged with the defilement of a child, a teenage boy. This is something we have not really seen in Ireland up to now. A very young woman, who if convicted of the alleged offence, will be registered Sex Offender. The reported allegations involve a student from the school she worked in, who was under 17.
The use of Anonymity Apps are on the rise again, with Irish teens installing and using an App called Tellonym. From the outset we are issuing a strong warning to parents, check younger Children’s devices to see if they are using this App or, if they are receiving messages on their Social Media from their own contacts or other people using this App. It is also really important to discuss the use of this App with teens and young adults. We would strongly advise, both Children and teens do not use this App.
Today we would like to discuss, how harmful it can be for Children to share inappropriate images of themselves, with others when using their devices. Incredibly we have found that Children in Irish Primary Schools in 5th and 6th class, are very aware of this behaviour. What some Children can believe is a just a funny image or photo of themselves, can have really serious long negative effects if shared with others.
This week, it was revealed that Blennerville National School, near Tralee in Co Kerry, agreed with parents in the school, that it was time to put a ban on digital device access for students. There had been a number of incidents revolving around the access and sharing of inappropriate content and cyberbullying. The ban on devices at home, is an 11-week pilot programme. What we would describe as a Digital Detox, only for the Children in sixth class.