College on alert to 'neknominations'
THE HEAD of Sligo IT
has urged students to use social media positively to
alert friends and leaders to dangerous internet
crazes such as 'neknominations'.
President Professor Terri Scott said it was too easy
for students to succumb to online pressure.
“It is all too easy for young people to fall prey to
internet crazes. I welcome the widespread
repudiation of this so-called (neknomination)
challenge game but I also appeal to all students,
actively, to use social media to alert your friends
to its dangers and to keep your college and student
leaders informed if you see any similar dangers
appearing online," said Prof Scott.
She was speaking at the launch of a 'Healthy Campus'
initiative at the 6,000-strong campus.
Prof Terri Scott, president, IT
Sligo, (centre) alongside Yvonne Roache, IT Sligo
Health and safety officer and Edel Byrne, national
co-ordinator,Slí na Sláinte, Irish Heart Foundation
(second from left) with some of the staff and
students who joined in an inaugural walk around the
new Slí na Sláinte route at Sligo IT.
The north western
college, which has opened a 'Slí na Slainte'
walkway, aims to be "a leader in creating a campus
culture which nurtures the health and wellbeing of
our staff, students and the wider campus community".
Students are being encouraged and facilitated to
walk at least ten minutes a day around campus with
their friends, to eat healthily and to mind their
Prof Scott added: “The relevance of this project has
been drawn tragically into clearer focus this week
by the events surrounding Neknomination activity,"
added Prof Scott. She offered her sympathies to the
family of Carlow teenager, Jonny Byrne, who died
following a neknomination dare last weekend.