Irish boyband, Taken, bring cyber bullying message to Farlingaye High School, in Woodbridge
A Suffolk school’s efforts to guard against cyber bullying were backed by a touring boyband on their own online safety crusade.
Irish group, Taken visited Farlingaye High School, in Woodbridge, to perform and promote safe internet use.
Paul Macdonald, head of year seven and lead staff member for ‘e-safety’, said: “There was a time of the ‘online’ and ‘offline’ world, but there is no longer that distinction. Therefore, we try not to make a distinction between online and offline bullying – it’s all bullying.
“We survey students every year on their experiences, and that informs the message we give out to them.
“The end result is that the school is very firm on anyone considered to be bullying, either online or in school. Our priority, of course, is to support the victim.
“The internet can be a fantastic thing – but, like anything, it has its negatives, and we encourage it to be used in a positive way.”
Taken, made up of Stephen Barron, Eoghan MacMahon and Richard Power, have been touring schools, performing for pupils and passing on messages about e-safety.
At Farlingaye, the Dublin trio took the opportunity to discuss social media and its potential problems, and shared advice on what to do if pupils ever come across them.
Mr Macdonald said: “Their message was consistent with what we tell students – but came from people they may relate to more.
“The feedback from staff and students was really positive.”
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