Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Education and Social Protection

Social, Personal and Health Education Curriculum: Discussion with Comhairle na nÓg

2:30 pm

Photo of Robert DowdsRobert Dowds (Dublin Mid West, Labour) | Oireachtas source

I welcome the representatives. I apologise for arriving at the end of their presentations but I am afraid there are huge demands on members, particularly on Wednesdays.

I have two questions, the first of which may not be fair to ask and if they wish to avoid it, they can do so but the other relates directly to Mr. McCarrick's contribution. I used to teach teenagers and I was used to more traditional forms of bullying before the days of mobile telephones, Facebook and so on. I was struck when we had the first case of bullying by text and modern social media that it was much worse than traditional bullying. The individual set everything up at home among class mates such that when they went to school the following day, no one would speak to a particular student. It has an horrific on the individual affected. What is the best way to tackle that form of bullying?

What are the delegation's thoughts on reducing the voting age? Do they agree that if it was reduced, full responsibilities that apply to all adults currently from the age of 18 should apply to anybody who gets the vote?


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