Colreavy welcomes social media report

Michael Colreavy
Deputy Michael Colreavy, Sinn Féin spokesperson on Communications, Energy and Natural Resources has welcomed the publication of the report on cyberbullying.

Deputy Michael Colreavy, Sinn Féin spokesperson on Communications, Energy and Natural Resources has welcomed the publication of the report on cyberbullying.

The report, ‘Addressing the growth of Social Media and tackling Cyberbullying’, was released by the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Communications and Transport last week.

Deputy Colreavy described the publication as “an important step in the debate as to how social media and cyberbullying should be addressed”.

“Social media, as a whole, has brought benefits to the lives of many people. However, we also must be aware of how social media can be used to inflict misery on people’s lives,” he said.

The report recommends that employers should be encouraged to introduce a social media policy in workplaces and also recommends that SPHE curriculum be revised in schools to teach children how to use social media properly.

The report also recommends the establishment of a single body to deal with the cyberbulling. It is also suggested that the funding and organisation of this body be agreed with the industry.