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Incentives Help Cut Cyber Bullying at King's Lynn School

Incentives Help Cut Cyber Bullying at King's Lynn School

Published by KLFM
8:10am 30th September 2014. (Updated at 8:11am 30th September 2014)

A mixture of education and an incentive to be good are being thanked for cutting cyber bullying at a King's Lynn School after a "noticeable reduction" in the figures last year.

Kids at King's Lynn Academy were all put in a draw for an iPad, but they were taken out if they posted anything nasty online, or liked or commented on something someone else had put.

The scheme is now being rolled out to King Edward VII School as well.

PC John Bolderstone is based at KES and KLA and says many kid don’t think before they type.

“It’s very easy to be quite nasty and unkind and say something online. You don’t get to see that shock, that hurt, and that anger that you’d get in a face to face confrontation.

“When I was at school if you fell out with somebody then that would be a face to face conversation, possibly a confrontation in the playground. Now that confrontation will take place online. Young people at home in the evening will say something about another person, a number of people will like it or add comments. So when they come back to school the following morning it’s been rumbling on overnight, big brothers and sister and in some cases the parents have gotten involved. All of those issues are then brought into school.”

It comes as a national survey of police forces has shown that Children as young as 11 have fallen victim to so-called revenge porn.

The online trend involves explicit images of the victim being posted online and it’s on the increase, with schoolgirls among those targeted.

In response to a Freedom of Information request by the Press Association, Greater Manchester Police revealed the youngest victim it had dealt with was a girl aged 11.

In another case in Cambridge a taxi driver blackmailed a passenger into having sex after discovering naked images of her.

Although most cases involved young females, a man is also said to have been forced into having gay sex through fear a woman would post naked photos of him online.

Concerns around revenge porn and "sexting", where compromising pictures are send via text messages, have led some schools to make time for lessons warning pupils of the dangers.


PC Bolderstone's simple advice for avoiding issues online:

“That comment or image that you’re about to post online, would you print it off onto a couple of hundred bits of paper and put it up on every lamp post between your school and your home? Would you want everyone you know to see that or know your views? If not, then don’t post it.”