'Be a Cyber Pal!' initiative launched as part of Safer Internet Day 2014

The RCSI CyberPsychology Research Centre, which is part of the RCSI Institute of Leadership, has launched its 'Be a Cyber Pal!' initiative as part of the Centre's participation in Safer Internet Day 2014 taking place today. The 'Cyber Pal' concept, which is based on solid and established cyberpsychological research findings, is in line with the theme of Safer Internet Day 2014, 'Creating a Better Internet Together' and aims to improve behaviour online, particularly amongst children and young people. 'Be a Cyber Pal!' was developed by Mary Aiken, Director of the RCSI CyberPsychology Research Centre and Dr. Ciarán Mc Mahon, Research & Development Coordinator, RCSI CyberPsychology Research Centre.

Mary Aiken Director of the RCSI CyberPsychology Research Centre said: 'Youth empowerment and positive action lie at the centre of the '"Be a Cyber Pal!" protocol which aims to support the overall messaging of Safer Internet Day 2014 which is to promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially amongst children and young people across the world.'

'The RCSI CyberPsychology Research Centre is delighted to partner with the Irish Safer Internet Day 2014 team to produce anti-cyberbullying messaging that is targeted, appropriate, empowering and most importantly academically grounded,' Mary concluded.

The seven steps which young people are encouraged to take to "Be a Cyber Pal!"can be found at: http://webwise.ie/CyberPals.shtm