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IrelandDublin school sends out warning as 6th class teenagers receive inappropriate social media messages in Swords

14:45  25 june  2019
14:45  25 june  2019 Source:   dublinlive.ie

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While social media has plenty of advantages, it also has disadvantages that often times get ignored. Anonymous people can see these pictures and send hurtful messages to teenagers . Millions of teenagers fall into the perils of the social media world due to the over usage of public networking.

Social media has the ability to both hinder teens as well as let them shine. Employers reported in a survey that they have rejected candidates for inappropriate or discriminatory comments. What You Miss out on When Your Social Media Profiles Are Invisible to Employers, from CareerBuilder.

Dublin school sends out warning as 6th class teenagers receive inappropriate social media messages in Swords © Getty A Dublin school has warned parents to keep a close eye on their children's social media as there has been reports that some of their teenage 6th class students have received inappropriate messages in the last few days.

The principal of Holy Family Senior National School in Swords, Geraldine Gowan, sent around an email which stated that some of the pupils who are set to leave the school this summer had been sent sexualised and threatening messages.

In this email, Geraldine outlined that "some parents had reported some worrying social media contact made to their children over the weekend".

"The sender of the messages is unknown to the children but had obtained some personal information about them.

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Teens are so emotionally invested in social media that a fifth of secondary school pupils will wake up at night and log on, just to make sure they don’t miss out . What is really worrying is that time and time again, these studies pop up and demonstrate that the mental health of teenagers , especially

Social media is also a medium where students can establish beneficial connections for their careers. As an educational institution, it is crucial to The great thing about using social media is that you soon learn who the experts are in particular fields and subjects. When you start following these experts you

Dublin school sends out warning as 6th class teenagers receive inappropriate social media messages in Swords © Getty "I went and spoke to all six class students and at least eight of them had been contacted [by this same person].

She added that the person had "bombarded" the children with messages of private information about themselves.

"There are very sexualised references being used and the person made references about rape to two of the girls.

"The person also asked another girl to send on nude pictures of herself. The person has messaged some children saying that they will kill themselves if the child doesn't keep in contact.

Dublin school sends out warning as 6th class teenagers receive inappropriate social media messages in Swords © Getty "The person has also tried to make arrangements with some of the children to meet.

"I have contacted the community garda in relation to this."

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If social media is allowed in schools this could increase cyber bullying where students write hurtful messages targeting other students. One of the reasons social media sites are not allowed in schools is because it is difficult to monitor how students use social media sites.

How does social media affect teens ? In fact, experts worry that the social media and text messages that have become so integral to teenage life are promoting anxiety and lowering self-esteem. Receive practical tips and strategies to better assist your students. Your Email Address*.

Dublin school sends out warning as 6th class teenagers receive inappropriate social media messages in Swords
Dublin school sends out warning as 6th class teenagers receive inappropriate social media messages in Swords
Dublin school sends out warning as 6th class teenagers receive inappropriate social media messages in Swords
Dublin school sends out warning as 6th class teenagers receive inappropriate social media messages in Swords
Dublin school sends out warning as 6th class teenagers receive inappropriate social media messages in Swords
Dublin school sends out warning as 6th class teenagers receive inappropriate social media messages in Swords
Dublin school sends out warning as 6th class teenagers receive inappropriate social media messages in Swords
Dublin school sends out warning as 6th class teenagers receive inappropriate social media messages in Swords
Dublin school sends out warning as 6th class teenagers receive inappropriate social media messages in Swords
Dublin school sends out warning as 6th class teenagers receive inappropriate social media messages in Swords
Dublin school sends out warning as 6th class teenagers receive inappropriate social media messages in Swords

The school has a strict social media policy which says that: "Children under the age of 13 should not be on social media platforms.

"I am now alerting you to this danger and advising you to check your child's phone and to have a discussion with your child in relation to this matter."

The school has been contacted by Dublin Live for further comment this morning.

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