Be Cyber Smart campaign launches across County to combat cyber bullying

Cyber Smart Campaign
Be Cyber Smart
Published Monday, 16th October 2017

A host of partners behind a plan to improve the lives of all children and young people in Worcestershire have pledged their support to the cyber bullying campaign Be Cyber Smart.

A host of partners behind a plan to improve the lives of all children and young people in Worcestershire have pledged their support to the cyber bullying campaign Be Cyber Smart.

The campaign has been launched in partnership with West Mercia Police following feedback and statistics showing bullying is one of the biggest issues and concerns for young people and parents.

Be Cyber Smart will help to raise awareness of the effects of cyber bullying and provide advice to parents and young people on how to protect themselves online.

Councillor Andy Roberts, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Children and Families said: "Ensuring all Worcestershire's children and young people are safe from harm is one of our key priorities and this campaign forms part of that.

"Cyber bullying comes in many forms and it's important that we all help parents and young people look for the signs and provide information on how to report the abuse.

Chief Superintendent at West Mercia Police, Mark Travis said: "As a police force, we are concerned about the amount of young people that are affected by online bullying. The effects of cyber bullying and online harassment can range from personal embarrassment to depression, anxiety and self harm. We're working with partners to help combat cyber bullying and raise awareness for both parents, and young people."

Public feedback collated by Worcestershire County Council in 2017 identifies bullying as one of the biggest concerns for both young people and parents, and 26% of the malicious communications offences the police deal with are cyber related.

In 2016/17 Childline UK carried out 24,000 counselling sessions for bullying and it is estimated that 16,000 school children are absent from school each year as a result of bullying.

For information and advice, visit https://www.westmercia.police.uk/becybersmart 

If you want to support the campaign, you can find resources at: https://www.westmercia.police.uk/article/38265/Explore-cyberbullying-and-online-harassment-and-get-help.