Drive To End Cyber Bullying – it’s bigger than you think so #becybersmart
Police, charities and theatre, in the UK, have launched campaigns to end Cyber bullying and online harassment across the country. Warwickshire and Worcester police joined forces to kick-off their promotion 16th October which runs through to 22nd October.
Mumsnet, Childline plus others support the project by the two police forces.
In London, the Theatre Royal Haymarket Masterclass Trust is working on a new play COOKIES. It is a reality look at the effects of texting, radicalisation and cyber bullying. Premieres October 29. COOKIES was inspired by true stories of students attending colleges in the capital. It digs deep into the problem. The play goes on a digital journey. Where does it end?
The play is backed by Kidscape. Also supported by Lily Allen, Ted Reilly, Maddy Hill and Lady Viola Grosvenor.
A film of the production will tour the UK showing on big screens in communities and schools.
According to recent research a large number of young people and their families are affected by online abuse each year. 79% surveyed by charity BullyingUK have seen somebody harassed or bullied online.
From April 2016 to August 2017, 27% of malicious communications offences dealt with by Mercia Police involved victims under 18 years of age.
Figures are not good. Internet servers urged to do more to prevent online abuse from happening.
Bullying not banter
Concern over the rise of numbers involved grows. Police are eager to get message across that help is available. For example bullying messages can be checked. Also, action can be taken if found to be potentially criminal. Apps are available that offer guidelines on how to be cyber smart. Do you have one? Have you had to use it?
The Police are able to advise who to speak to and where to go for help. Those who experience online abuse can find a way out. Talking to someone about it is crucial. Parents are most important. Letting them know what is going on does help.
We talked to the Police and COOKIES about the dark side of the web.
Lucy Alexander video courtesy Worcestershire Police.
Performances for COOKIES go: www.trh.co.uk
Have you been abused online? Is it a regular occurrence? Have you told someone about it? What are your thoughts about this story? Have you seen improvements online? How often are you online? Are you on internet a lot?
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