Schools declare war against cyber bullies
New figures released by NSPCC shows its helpline – ChildLine – counselled 4,541 children across the country about online bullying in 2015/16. The is double the number in 2011/12.
To limit the devastating impact cyber-bullying can have, schools and colleges are investing thousands of pounds into introducing new safety measures.
Marko Cekerevac, the student safeguarding manager at South Essex College, which has campuses in Southend, Basildon and Thurrock, said: “Working alongside other agencies and speaking with professionals from social care and the police, cyber-bullying is something that does occur for young people within the area, but this is true within society in general.
“All staff members take regular e-safety courses so they can spot the signs of cyber-bullying. “When students start at the college, they also receive awareness training to inform them how to use social media safely and the dangers of it too.”
Rebecca Cox, Tory MP for Castle Point, said: “Unfortunately we are seeing more and more cases of cyber bullying every year and many constituents who come to me have been affected by it in some way.
“It is also important that people are aware that online bullying and harassment is a serious criminal offence as is revenge porn or sending naked pictures of anyone under the age of 18 – even if it is of the sender themselves.”
Essex Police went on to assert that while cyber-bullying isn’t an offence in itself, perpetrators could be guilty of harassment or threatening behaviour – which could result in a criminal record.