LISTEN: Police Couldn't Deal with Sons Cyber Bullies
7:09am 7th October 2013
(Updated 8:34am 7th October 2013)
A Bridport Mum has hit out at Police after she claims they told her there was "nothing they could do" about her son being cyber bullied.
Karen Justice contacted the Force hoping they'd be able to help her teenage son whose been subjected to a torrent of abuse the past 12 months, which has now spread to online gaming.
"They weren't interested; they told me nothing can be done. As a parent I was very angry! If they can't protect a young boy who can? Apart from their parents."
Wessex FM contacted Dorset Police after receiving Karen's call. They told us they treat cyber bullying on a case-by-case basis, they only intervene in the most serious circumstances and they're currently reviewing how they deal with reports of online bullying after 151 bullying cases were reported to their team last year.
Mum Karen welcomed news of a review saying something "needed to be done."
A team of community officers from Dorset Police go into schools to talk with pupils about bullying and more so now, cyber bullying and things like sexting which is the act of sending sexually explicit messages and/or photographs, primarily between mobile phones, but also on social network websites.
The team spoke to 77913 young poeple and 7106 adults about bullying in 2012. All received anti-bullying education looking at building friendships, cyber bullying and what help is out there to support people.
Safe Schools Officer Rachel Caples says they go into schools to meet children from Year 3 upwards all the way to University. She told us anyone who feels they're being targeted by bullies online, should firstly tell a trusted adult;
"We encourage people who think they’re being bullied online or by any other method it's really important they tell an adult to share how they're feeling and discuss the stress and upset that it's causing you is really a massively important thing."
We always encourage young people not to respond to comments that are sent to them, to try and save any conversations or screenshots where derogatory comments have been sent to them, don't be frightened to block someone online it's not the be all and end all of the world."
You can hear Luke de Costa's full interview with Rachael and learn more about "sexting", peer pressure, reporting bullies and when cyber bullying goes too far, click the player below.