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Cyberbullying campaign launch week: 16-20 October

From 16-20 October, we're teaming up with a number of organisations - national charities, schools, local authorities and spokespeople - to kick off a campaign against cyberbullying and online harassment.

We want to enable young people, and their families and education providers, to get the support and information they need.

 Why we're campaigning

A large number of young people and their families are affected by online abuse each year. 79%of young people asked by charity BullyingUK have seen somebody harassed or bullied online. And from April 2016 to August 2017, 27% of the malicious communications offences we dealt with involved a victim aged under 18. 82% of suspects in these cases were also aged under 18.

Cyberbullying and online harassment can have devastating consequences. To illustrate this, we've made a short film with Worcester mum Lucy Alexander, who shares the tragic story of her son, Felix. You can watch it on our YouTube channel.

Share the message

We'll be tweeting and posting throughout the week, and sharing relevant posts from out supporters. Look out for us on Facebook (facebook.com/warwickshirepolice and facebook.com/westmerciapolice) and Twitter (@warkspolice and @WMerciaPolice).

Media organisations interested in covering the campaign or interviewing key police spokespeople can contact our News Hub.

You'll also find advice sheets, images, videos and more on our website during campaign week.  

 

 

Published 09/10/17