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Parents warned after Irish boy takes own life playing killer Blue Whale game

Blue Whale is a twisted social media suicide challenge, designed to prey on the innocent, the young and the vulnerable Even the name Blue Whale is enough to strike fear into parents across Ireland. It sounded innocent enough just a week ago. But since we heard how Conor Wilmot died, the words have taken on a spine-chilling significance. Blue Whale is a twisted social media suicide challenge, designed to prey on the innocent, the young and the vulnerable ...

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Tips on how to keep your kids safe on social media sites

I AM a big fan of social media but I feel very strongly that it is causing harm to our young people. From images of young people in compromising sexual encounters in the local disco being shared like a virus for the whole school community to see, to the impact on young teens of following ‘stars’ who bombard them with images of how they ‘should’ look in order to be popular, the social media world has its dangers ...

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Instagram ranked worst social media network for young peoples mental health study finds

Instagram has been ranked as the social media network most harmful to young people’s mental health, a UK report has suggested. A UK study of 1,479 people aged 14 to 24 found that the photo-sharing platform was damaging to young people’s body image, 'fear of missing out' and contributed to anxiety, depression and loneliness. The '#StatusOfMind' report published by the Royal Society of Public Health (RSPH) examined the negative effects of five social media platforms ...

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Study of Cork primary school children finds sugary soft drinks are linked to obesity

OVERWEIGHT and obese children in Cork tend to drink more sugar-sweetened soft drinks than normal weight children, a UCC study has found. The findings were presented at this year’s European Congress on Obesity held in Porto, Portugal last week. The study looked at the soft drink consumption by more than 1,000 Cork primary schoolchildren ...

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Equal Participation in Schools Bill 2016 Second Stage Resumed Private Members

An Leas-Cheann Comhairle: The following motion was moved by Deputy Ruth Coppinger on Tuesday, 16 May 2017: "That the Bill be now read a Second Time." Debate resumed on amendment No ...

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Written Answers Nos. 114 22

National Educational Psychological Service 114. Deputy Fiona O'Loughlin Minister for Education and Skills if the National Educational Psychological Service, NEPS, is available for students throughout the summer months; and if he will make a statement on the matter ...

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