Expert says cyberbullying should be a criminal offence

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The Government's special rapporteur on children, says cyberbullying should be a criminal offence.

Geoffrey Shannon says schools should have a mandatory internet code of behaviour, as well as a series of sanctions in place for those in breach of it, up to a criminal offence.

In Donegal, the sudden deaths of Erin and Shannon Gallagher in 2012 have been linked to online bullying.

Mr Shannon admitted that it can be hard for parents and teachers to know when cyberbulling is going on, and a whole school approach is needed to identify it.

And he says when it is found, strict punishments are needed..........