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Please see the links below for information regarding the incoming 1st years 2018 2019. You will also get this information by post early next week. We are holding an information session for you all on Thursday the 14th June 2018 at 6 p.m. This also coincides with an opportunity to fit and order the new PE uniform. We will also have information regarding the option subjects. The session will consist of an Information session followed by a Questions and Answers session.
We look forward to meeting you.
Siobhán McCarthy Monica White Denis Boland
25th April 2018
It has come to our attention that there are a number of social media Apps in use which are inappropriate and some of these Apps are designed to hide on the phone holder’s device.
At MCS we have addressed the safe use of social media and the risks involved in engaging in sending or receiving inappropriate messages and images. We feel that it is an appropriate time now to remind students about what the law says. Essentially any person who holds, stores or sends an explicit image of a person under the age of 17 is committing a criminal act under the Child Trafficking and Pornography Act 1998
This act states: If sexual images or videos of a child (under 17 years of age) are shared or stored on a device the act can be invoked, provided the content shared meets the definition of child pornography. Self-produced explicit images exchanged by adolescents, under the age of 17, could be considered as child pornography.
In short, any photo, video or audio recording that shows a child engaged in sexual activity, or that focuses specifically on the genital region of a child is considered as child pornography. It is less clear whether content that is provocative rather than sexually explicit is illegal. Part of the act could be interpreted so that almost any provocative content produced or sent by a child could be considered as child pornography. Ultimately only a court would decide if particular content could be considered illegal under this section.
Students may refer to this as sexting (or by another name). It is important to be aware of the potential consequences of this:
All cases involving the creation, distribution or possession of explicit images of children are potentially criminal and should be reported to An Garda Síochána. The duty to notify the Gardaí in these cases is a requirement under the Withholding of Information on Offences Against Children and Vulnerable Persons Act 2012.
The sharing of explicit images of minors is captured by the Child Trafficking and Pornography Act 1998. This act was designed to protect children from exploitation. This act legislates against anyone who knowingly produces, prints, publishes, distributes, exports, imports, shows, possesses or sells child pornography.
Video Recordings Act 1989 -prohibits the distribution of videos which contain obscene or indecent material which may lead to the depravation or corruption of the viewer.
For more information on any of the topics here please see the following for more information:
It is in all of our interests to ensure our young people are safe when using social media.
We ask that Parents familiarize themselves with new technologies and take an interest in the cyber-world the students inhabit, so that everyone understands the potential for exploitation – “Instil a sense of caution, not a sense of fear.”
Young people should be very aware that acceptable behaviour online/mobile phone is similar to acceptable behaviour in the real world. It is important to discuss these issues as early as possible with your son/daughter – It’s easier to establish good practices than change bad ones.
And remember the good does outweigh the bad.