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Two out of every three Post Primary students, asked to send, or have received Sexualised Images – Advice for Parents

 

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Students at Coláiste Bríde in Clondalkin, Co. Dublin, recently discovered in a study, that two out of every three people in the school, had received a sexualized image, or had been asked for one. The results led students to launch their own awareness campaign. is an obvious source of concern for the parents of young teens. It can also be a big problem for teens themselves. Imagine how difficult it must be, to exist in an online environment, where all of your own friends, followers and peers are exchanging sexualized images.

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Children sharing inappropriate images can have harmful consequences !!

 

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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.

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Sexting Information Videos

 

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This video is aimed at young children to teach them what can happen if they were to take or share an inappropriate image and how quick it can spread 

 

 

This is a series of videos aimed at teens

 

 

 

 

This series of videos are aimed at parents who discover an image of their child has been shared

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A Kerry National School has banned 6th class students access to digital devices. All parents should now follow their lead.

 

Blennerville National School

 

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 ing. 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. This decision is similar to one we have been promoting in National Schools for some time now that children should never be given a ‘Smartphone’. We had been anxiously waiting to see a community who would come together and formulate a plan such as this in Ireland. A first step on this path has been publicly taken by a school and parents. We would hope that all parents would look with great interest upon it, and follow-up and try this themselves.

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Online Radicalisation

 

Online Radicalisation

 

There is some really harmful and very negative disturbing and upsetting content on the internet. It is a reality that due to the open nature of the internet it does give free access to anyone who wishes to post whatever content that they like online. One are of this that is causing a lot of genuine fear among the parents that we encounter is that of the possibility of their children being exposed to Radicalization material.

This content can be horrific and severely damaging to a child if they are exposed to it. A child’s natural curiosity may lead them to searching for this content. Google has reported a huge increase in the number of searches performed by the search engines for this type of content. Children may be exposed to individuals who seek to impart their beliefs and views or perhaps even attempt to convince the child to convert or join them.

By it’s very nature the internet is a 24 hour 7 days a week opportunity to radical individuals to seek to engage with teenagers who are attempting to find their own place in the world. Social media affords the opportunity for extremists to publicise their beliefs and opinions while seeking out other like-minded individuals and those who may be susceptible to their propaganda.

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Some Advice for Parents

  • This is a new danger that previously did not exist to the extent that it currently does online. Parents need to be aware of it and what to look out for
  • You may notice a change in your child’s behaviour or interests
  • They may now display interests in areas that they did not have before
  • They may begin to distrust what they see or read and challenge it
  • They may become very secretive about who they are engaging with online
  • They may switch to a different screen when you enter the room
  • Parents need to monitor the child’s online activity
  • Always treat the child with respect and understanding
  • A child may not engage again with honesty if a parent’s first response is to argue or attack the child
  • Parents should go through the Friend and Followers see who is in contact with the child, remind the child if they do have Friends that they have only met online then they should never meet that individual in person
  • Discuss with the child what they are being exposed too Online