In school we are dealing with more and more incidents of students being upset and bullied by what other students are putting on Facebook about them and the texts they are sending each other – this is cyber bullying. Although strictly this is out of school’s jurisdiction it is having an impact on students’ learning and their relationships with their peers in the school environment.
In the first instance the police will warn the “offender”. However, if the behaviour continues they may decide to prosecute under the Protection of Harassment Act 1997, the Sexual Offences Act 2003 or the Malicious Communications Act 1998. This will result in a Criminal Bureau Record being created which will stay with your child for their lifetime.
Remember . . . once the police open up an investigation and can justify accessing phone records or accessing computers, is there anything else that could be found that can incriminate a person or members of their family? The police can access all deleted items on a phone, hard drive or internet browsing history.
It is now becoming more common place for employers and colleges to ‘Google’ people before interviewing potential candidates. The more information your child makes available publicly on the web the more risk they have of creating a digital tattoo that is impossible to remove. That web profile is seen before they are and therefore the comments they made about Aunt Ethel’s party, the photos that were taken when they and their friends were playing dares and the words they used when they realised their team had lost their latest match could all become the first impression they make to people.
People have lost jobs and been removed from colleges because of their internet activity – don’t let that be them.
Why is it also known as the toothpaste tube problem? Have you ever tried getting toothpaste back into the tube?