New anti-bullying educational resource launched for schools in Ireland

The Respect Effect is a new anti-bullying educational resource that aims to empower Irish students to recognise and act against online bullying through their positive actions and behaviours and help create an anti-bullying school environment. 

Date 2023-11-22 Author Irish Safer Internet Centre Section awareness Topic cyberbullying, media literacy/education Audience media specialist, organisations and industry, research, policy and decision makers
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Developed by Webwise, The Respect Effect is designed to support teachers in Ireland in addressing the learning outcomes within the Junior Cycle SPHE course relating to online bullying and abusive behaviour.


The resource comprises eight lessons and is supported by videos, activity sheets, fact sheets and best-practice guidance. It aims to foster empathy, respect and resilience and to help young people understand the consequences of their actions and the impact of cyberbullying on all involved. The learning activities aim to develop student’s social and emotional literacy online and promote critical thinking and responsible digital citizenship. 


Respect Effect, lessons :  

  • Lesson 1: Connecting Online 
  • Lesson 2: Understanding the Impact 
  • Lesson 3: Behind the Screen 
  • Lesson 4: Showing Empathy 
  • Lesson 5: Only Messing 
  • Lesson 6: Taking Action: Upstanders and Allies 
  • Lesson 7: Navigating Friendships
  •  Lesson 8. Report: #UptoUs 

The new resource is available for teachers and schools in Ireland to order or download for free. Further information on The Respect Effect is available on

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