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25 September 2007

Tuesday 25 September 2007 11:00-11:30 (Radio 4 FM)

Programme Two: The bully - why children bully, and is cyber space creating a new type of bully?

Penny Marshall listens in to a counselling session where a girl affected by cyber bullying is given advice, she looks at how far the anonymity of the internet and texting is making it easier to bully, and talks to technology companies about how they are addressing the issue.

At the Online Child Protection conference in May 2007, attended by teachers and child workers from around the country, around 90% reported that cyber-bullying was a problem in their schools.

Penny asks the key players in the world of teen digital technology whether they are doing enough to keep young people safe online. With thousands of new postings on social networking sites every minute, is it really possible to police all this material? And what are mobile phone companies such as Vodafone doing to prevent cyber bullying?

Further information:

New guidance from the Department for Children, Schools and Families will give schools practical advice on preventing cyber bullying, as well as a short film exploring how cyber bullying starts and how schools, parents and pupils can take steps to prevent it. There will also be an online campaign which will feature on teen websites to persuade young people that passing on offensive texts and e-mails is playing a part in cyber bullying.

For more information on cyber bullying www.direct.gov.uk/cyberbullying

The full guidance can be found at theTeachernet website

Kidscape works with children and young people under the age of 16, their parents/carers, and those who work with them. A UK charity established specifically to prevent bullying and child sexual abuse. Kidscape believes that protecting children from harm is key.
Helpline: 08451 205 204

ChildLine is the free helpline for children and young people in the UK. Children and young people can call to talk about any problem - counsellors are always available.
0800 1111

BeatBullying aims to reduce and prevent the incidence and impact of bullying, it has a wide range of resources on their website.
http://www.beatbullying.org/ and http://www.bbclic.com/

Childnet International
Childnet International's mission is to work in partnership with others around the world to help make the Internet a great and safe place for children.

Julie Johnson, the counsellor featured in the series, is a PSHE consultant and trainer, a leading provider of parenting workshops in London, and a child, adolescent and family counsellor. Her particular areas of focus are issues surrounding bullying, loss and change including bereavement and divorce, eating disorders and self-harm.

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