Bedfordshire Police will be supporting this year’s national Anti-Bullying Week taking place next week.
The theme chosen this year is ‘we’re better without bullying.’ This focuses on how bullying can affect achievement. Schools, clubs and teams around the country will be encouraging young people that they can achieve without the fear of being intimidated or bullied by others.
During the week, Bedfordshire Police will be visiting a number of schools and other educational settings around the county. The main issue being focused on is cyber bullying. Richard Denton, children and young people development officer and school co-ordinator said: “Since January 2012 we have spoken to over 8,500 children and young people about staying safe online which has included a specific element on cyber bullying. We have also focused a lot of our work on ensuring parents, guardians and professionals by running a number of specific events aimed at them.
“Young people may not realise that a number of UK laws do cover the issue of bullying for example, harassment or threatening behaviour, and particularly relevant for cyber bullying – threatening and menacing communications.
“We would also encourage young people that if they know someone is being cyber bullied or have seen nasty profiles or messages going around that they should report this is a trusted adult as quickly as possible.”