In an interesting article in the Telegraph this week, it has been highlighted that there is a growing trend, in particular in the London area, of the Police who get involved in serious issues of bullying contacting social media firms to get profiles of young people deleted.
In the article Tom Bennett, the Department for Education discipline tsar, said he has noticed this new trend in the London classrooms in particular following research that showed an increase in cyberbullying among youngsters, particularly among boys. He mentions in the article that “Some community police officers are now spending 50 per cent of their time on cyberbullying and social media accounts have been deleted as an ultimate last resort.
Further on he comments that “Community police officers are coming into the classroom to try to establish what’s going on in Facebook conversations. Children are quite naïve on security settings and it is very easy for the police to see what they are saying and track down who’s bullying who. Police talk to teachers, friends and family and resolve the situation.”
Asked whether he thought this was good used of police time, he said: “It is because of the role of the in school officer isn’t just about catching lawbreakers, but helping to encourage children to behave appropriately in communities. This is the police equivalent of preventive or community medicine.
However, he did go on to say this action was harmful to a child’s identity, “This is extraordinarily shocking for the child because so much of their identity is online that’s almost like an attack on them personally.
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