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Brighton dad sets up cyber bullying charity

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A dad is setting up a cyber bullying charity – because he feels police and schools “simply do not do enough” to support victims.

Scott Freeman from Brighton, whose own daughter was targeted by internet ‘trolls’, will launch ‘Cybersmile’ in the next few weeks.

The group will campaign for specific Government legislation to outlaw cyber bullying and will provide information, guidance, and advice to people of all ages who are concerned about online safety.

Scott said: “I have personally seen the damage that cyber bullies can do.

“It’s the anonymity and the lack of accountability but if there were real consequences then things might be different.

“But the police hardly do anything in my experience.

“We want to give children help and guidance so that they can stay safe. We’ll also be running workshops to promote an understanding of what’s happening.”

Difficult to track

Sussex Police told The Argus that none of its officers are dedicated to pursuing cyber bullies because they are “notoriously difficult” to track down.

A police spokeswoman also revealed the force has no policy on Facebook abuse despite the site being the most popular social network in the world.

She said: “We don’t have a dedicated unit or person that deals with online bullying.

“It’s very hard to prove what is going on but we are certainly taking it seriously.”

She added: “As Facebook is an international website, millions of people from all over the world use it.

"We need to gather evidence to prove who the person is for a successful prosecution to take place.”

Caroline Adams, from Sussex Police’s Youth Safety Intervention Team, also admitted there are no officers dedicated to detecting cyber bullies.

“It’s true that there is no specialised unit to deal with it. But the sad reality is that it is difficult to justify the manpower when it is so difficult to prove wrongdoing,” she said.

“We have got a computer unit but they tend to only deal with the most serious cases involving paedophiles.

“We do work very hard on preventing cyber bullying and giving kids advice about how to deal with harassment. But if that’s what someone wants to do it’s very difficult to stop them.”

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4:27pm Thu 1 Mar 12

Archie Bun says...

Nonsense, get over it. On Facebook you can choose who exactly sees your profile so if someone is giving you a hard time then block them. Or if you are worried about your kids on it then stop them going on it!
Nonsense, get over it. On Facebook you can choose who exactly sees your profile so if someone is giving you a hard time then block them. Or if you are worried about your kids on it then stop them going on it! Archie Bun
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6:20pm Thu 1 Mar 12

Nightshade says...

Hats off to Mr Freeman, this has to be taken seriously. It is a cowardly way of really hurting a child. Being a father of three myself, I have witnessed what can happen on the internet. If the charity needs any help. I'd volunteer to help a worthwhile cause.
Hats off to Mr Freeman, this has to be taken seriously. It is a cowardly way of really hurting a child. Being a father of three myself, I have witnessed what can happen on the internet. If the charity needs any help. I'd volunteer to help a worthwhile cause. Nightshade
  • Score: -1

6:55pm Thu 1 Mar 12

Helmut Polisher says...

Archie Bun wrote:
Nonsense, get over it. On Facebook you can choose who exactly sees your profile so if someone is giving you a hard time then block them. Or if you are worried about your kids on it then stop them going on it!
With you 100%
You just know the sort of people these children they are going to grow up to be....
[quote][p][bold]Archie Bun[/bold] wrote: Nonsense, get over it. On Facebook you can choose who exactly sees your profile so if someone is giving you a hard time then block them. Or if you are worried about your kids on it then stop them going on it![/p][/quote]With you 100% You just know the sort of people these children they are going to grow up to be.... Helmut Polisher
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7:22pm Thu 1 Mar 12

Brenthere says...

I had several thoughts on this. The Facebook comment may have some degree of accuracy but not entirely. An epidemic has occurred where fake Facebook pages are being set up attacking people. This has even occurred to those (mostly children) who aren't even on Facebook. This means reputations and lives can still be destroyed, so to claim simply block who can see your page isn't entirely accurate and is being naive.

There are also websites such as Formspring and Topix that are straight up bullying sites and it is irrelevant whether a child or adult goes there. Topix, for example, doesn't even make their users register for accounts so it is relentless bullying of children and adults alike and even if you try to ignore your reputation can easily be shot. Formspring has some really bad attacks too where cowards will post a question about someone or something and destroy another person's reputations. That is what must be understood about the internet.Staying off of Facebook, while certainly a good first step, doesn't really offer much protection. If you can't say it to someone's face, then you are a flat out coward.
I had several thoughts on this. The Facebook comment may have some degree of accuracy but not entirely. An epidemic has occurred where fake Facebook pages are being set up attacking people. This has even occurred to those (mostly children) who aren't even on Facebook. This means reputations and lives can still be destroyed, so to claim simply block who can see your page isn't entirely accurate and is being naive. There are also websites such as Formspring and Topix that are straight up bullying sites and it is irrelevant whether a child or adult goes there. Topix, for example, doesn't even make their users register for accounts so it is relentless bullying of children and adults alike and even if you try to ignore your reputation can easily be shot. Formspring has some really bad attacks too where cowards will post a question about someone or something and destroy another person's reputations. That is what must be understood about the internet.Staying off of Facebook, while certainly a good first step, doesn't really offer much protection. If you can't say it to someone's face, then you are a flat out coward. Brenthere
  • Score: 0

11:16pm Thu 1 Mar 12

brightonboy1 says...

my niece went through hell and back on facebook i think its a really good idea
my niece went through hell and back on facebook i think its a really good idea brightonboy1
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12:14am Fri 2 Mar 12

Helmut Polisher says...

brightonboy1 wrote:
my niece went through hell and back on facebook i think its a really good idea
A GOOD IDEA that your niece went through Hell and Back? You are not much of an Uncle I must say!
[quote][p][bold]brightonboy1[/bold] wrote: my niece went through hell and back on facebook i think its a really good idea[/p][/quote]A GOOD IDEA that your niece went through Hell and Back? You are not much of an Uncle I must say! Helmut Polisher
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8:55am Fri 2 Mar 12

Archie Bun says...

Brenthere wrote:
I had several thoughts on this. The Facebook comment may have some degree of accuracy but not entirely. An epidemic has occurred where fake Facebook pages are being set up attacking people. This has even occurred to those (mostly children) who aren't even on Facebook. This means reputations and lives can still be destroyed, so to claim simply block who can see your page isn't entirely accurate and is being naive. There are also websites such as Formspring and Topix that are straight up bullying sites and it is irrelevant whether a child or adult goes there. Topix, for example, doesn't even make their users register for accounts so it is relentless bullying of children and adults alike and even if you try to ignore your reputation can easily be shot. Formspring has some really bad attacks too where cowards will post a question about someone or something and destroy another person's reputations. That is what must be understood about the internet.Staying off of Facebook, while certainly a good first step, doesn't really offer much protection. If you can't say it to someone's face, then you are a flat out coward.
Formspring is a site where some invites questions. Topix is a discussion forum on every topic under the sun. So hardly 'straight up bullying sites'. It's a hard world. Deal with it. You know what, it's what kids do, call other kids names. Learning to deal with it is part of growing up, instead of wrapping them up in cotton wool.
[quote][p][bold]Brenthere[/bold] wrote: I had several thoughts on this. The Facebook comment may have some degree of accuracy but not entirely. An epidemic has occurred where fake Facebook pages are being set up attacking people. This has even occurred to those (mostly children) who aren't even on Facebook. This means reputations and lives can still be destroyed, so to claim simply block who can see your page isn't entirely accurate and is being naive. There are also websites such as Formspring and Topix that are straight up bullying sites and it is irrelevant whether a child or adult goes there. Topix, for example, doesn't even make their users register for accounts so it is relentless bullying of children and adults alike and even if you try to ignore your reputation can easily be shot. Formspring has some really bad attacks too where cowards will post a question about someone or something and destroy another person's reputations. That is what must be understood about the internet.Staying off of Facebook, while certainly a good first step, doesn't really offer much protection. If you can't say it to someone's face, then you are a flat out coward.[/p][/quote]Formspring is a site where some invites questions. Topix is a discussion forum on every topic under the sun. So hardly 'straight up bullying sites'. It's a hard world. Deal with it. You know what, it's what kids do, call other kids names. Learning to deal with it is part of growing up, instead of wrapping them up in cotton wool. Archie Bun
  • Score: 0

8:56am Fri 2 Mar 12

Archie Bun says...

I can see it years to come a bunch of weak milksops being the majority.
I can see it years to come a bunch of weak milksops being the majority. Archie Bun
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10:39am Fri 2 Mar 12

beaney says...

Archie Bun wrote:
Brenthere wrote:
I had several thoughts on this. The Facebook comment may have some degree of accuracy but not entirely. An epidemic has occurred where fake Facebook pages are being set up attacking people. This has even occurred to those (mostly children) who aren't even on Facebook. This means reputations and lives can still be destroyed, so to claim simply block who can see your page isn't entirely accurate and is being naive. There are also websites such as Formspring and Topix that are straight up bullying sites and it is irrelevant whether a child or adult goes there. Topix, for example, doesn't even make their users register for accounts so it is relentless bullying of children and adults alike and even if you try to ignore your reputation can easily be shot. Formspring has some really bad attacks too where cowards will post a question about someone or something and destroy another person's reputations. That is what must be understood about the internet.Staying off of Facebook, while certainly a good first step, doesn't really offer much protection. If you can't say it to someone's face, then you are a flat out coward.
Formspring is a site where some invites questions. Topix is a discussion forum on every topic under the sun. So hardly 'straight up bullying sites'. It's a hard world. Deal with it. You know what, it's what kids do, call other kids names. Learning to deal with it is part of growing up, instead of wrapping them up in cotton wool.
Great idea Mr Freeman, No parent wants to see there child be bullied in this way .. i agree that when you are younger kids do call each other names but this type of bullying is on a different level to the odd name calling . so i would not say that i would wrap my child in cotton wool or any other parent would, but what you do try to protect them from is group bullying. Why should you stop your child using Facebook just because of bullying ? It should be the bully's that are not allowed to use Facebook. Well done for speaking out Mr Freeman and i am sure that you will get plenty of support from parents and children.
[quote][p][bold]Archie Bun[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Brenthere[/bold] wrote: I had several thoughts on this. The Facebook comment may have some degree of accuracy but not entirely. An epidemic has occurred where fake Facebook pages are being set up attacking people. This has even occurred to those (mostly children) who aren't even on Facebook. This means reputations and lives can still be destroyed, so to claim simply block who can see your page isn't entirely accurate and is being naive. There are also websites such as Formspring and Topix that are straight up bullying sites and it is irrelevant whether a child or adult goes there. Topix, for example, doesn't even make their users register for accounts so it is relentless bullying of children and adults alike and even if you try to ignore your reputation can easily be shot. Formspring has some really bad attacks too where cowards will post a question about someone or something and destroy another person's reputations. That is what must be understood about the internet.Staying off of Facebook, while certainly a good first step, doesn't really offer much protection. If you can't say it to someone's face, then you are a flat out coward.[/p][/quote]Formspring is a site where some invites questions. Topix is a discussion forum on every topic under the sun. So hardly 'straight up bullying sites'. It's a hard world. Deal with it. You know what, it's what kids do, call other kids names. Learning to deal with it is part of growing up, instead of wrapping them up in cotton wool.[/p][/quote]Great idea Mr Freeman, No parent wants to see there child be bullied in this way .. i agree that when you are younger kids do call each other names but this type of bullying is on a different level to the odd name calling . so i would not say that i would wrap my child in cotton wool or any other parent would, but what you do try to protect them from is group bullying. Why should you stop your child using Facebook just because of bullying ? It should be the bully's that are not allowed to use Facebook. Well done for speaking out Mr Freeman and i am sure that you will get plenty of support from parents and children. beaney
  • Score: 0

10:55am Fri 2 Mar 12

Archie Bun says...

beaney wrote:
Archie Bun wrote:
Brenthere wrote: I had several thoughts on this. The Facebook comment may have some degree of accuracy but not entirely. An epidemic has occurred where fake Facebook pages are being set up attacking people. This has even occurred to those (mostly children) who aren't even on Facebook. This means reputations and lives can still be destroyed, so to claim simply block who can see your page isn't entirely accurate and is being naive. There are also websites such as Formspring and Topix that are straight up bullying sites and it is irrelevant whether a child or adult goes there. Topix, for example, doesn't even make their users register for accounts so it is relentless bullying of children and adults alike and even if you try to ignore your reputation can easily be shot. Formspring has some really bad attacks too where cowards will post a question about someone or something and destroy another person's reputations. That is what must be understood about the internet.Staying off of Facebook, while certainly a good first step, doesn't really offer much protection. If you can't say it to someone's face, then you are a flat out coward.
Formspring is a site where some invites questions. Topix is a discussion forum on every topic under the sun. So hardly 'straight up bullying sites'. It's a hard world. Deal with it. You know what, it's what kids do, call other kids names. Learning to deal with it is part of growing up, instead of wrapping them up in cotton wool.
Great idea Mr Freeman, No parent wants to see there child be bullied in this way .. i agree that when you are younger kids do call each other names but this type of bullying is on a different level to the odd name calling . so i would not say that i would wrap my child in cotton wool or any other parent would, but what you do try to protect them from is group bullying. Why should you stop your child using Facebook just because of bullying ? It should be the bully's that are not allowed to use Facebook. Well done for speaking out Mr Freeman and i am sure that you will get plenty of support from parents and children.
Don't forget that if a child is bullied, then it's being bullied by another child. Don't demonise them. Most of it is not 'bullying' anyway. Parents should be monitoring their kids activity. That counts for the supposed victims as well as the supposed bullies. As for speaking out, i reckon his kid will get it worse thanks to him. And remember under 13s are not allowed to join Facebook.
[quote][p][bold]beaney[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Archie Bun[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Brenthere[/bold] wrote: I had several thoughts on this. The Facebook comment may have some degree of accuracy but not entirely. An epidemic has occurred where fake Facebook pages are being set up attacking people. This has even occurred to those (mostly children) who aren't even on Facebook. This means reputations and lives can still be destroyed, so to claim simply block who can see your page isn't entirely accurate and is being naive. There are also websites such as Formspring and Topix that are straight up bullying sites and it is irrelevant whether a child or adult goes there. Topix, for example, doesn't even make their users register for accounts so it is relentless bullying of children and adults alike and even if you try to ignore your reputation can easily be shot. Formspring has some really bad attacks too where cowards will post a question about someone or something and destroy another person's reputations. That is what must be understood about the internet.Staying off of Facebook, while certainly a good first step, doesn't really offer much protection. If you can't say it to someone's face, then you are a flat out coward.[/p][/quote]Formspring is a site where some invites questions. Topix is a discussion forum on every topic under the sun. So hardly 'straight up bullying sites'. It's a hard world. Deal with it. You know what, it's what kids do, call other kids names. Learning to deal with it is part of growing up, instead of wrapping them up in cotton wool.[/p][/quote]Great idea Mr Freeman, No parent wants to see there child be bullied in this way .. i agree that when you are younger kids do call each other names but this type of bullying is on a different level to the odd name calling . so i would not say that i would wrap my child in cotton wool or any other parent would, but what you do try to protect them from is group bullying. Why should you stop your child using Facebook just because of bullying ? It should be the bully's that are not allowed to use Facebook. Well done for speaking out Mr Freeman and i am sure that you will get plenty of support from parents and children.[/p][/quote]Don't forget that if a child is bullied, then it's being bullied by another child. Don't demonise them. Most of it is not 'bullying' anyway. Parents should be monitoring their kids activity. That counts for the supposed victims as well as the supposed bullies. As for speaking out, i reckon his kid will get it worse thanks to him. And remember under 13s are not allowed to join Facebook. Archie Bun
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11:25pm Fri 2 Mar 12

brightonboy1 says...

Nightshade wrote:
Hats off to Mr Freeman, this has to be taken seriously. It is a cowardly way of really hurting a child. Being a father of three myself, I have witnessed what can happen on the internet. If the charity needs any help. I'd volunteer to help a worthwhile cause.
You should contact them to volunteer as I should imagine they will need the support considering they are a new charity.
[quote][p][bold]Nightshade[/bold] wrote: Hats off to Mr Freeman, this has to be taken seriously. It is a cowardly way of really hurting a child. Being a father of three myself, I have witnessed what can happen on the internet. If the charity needs any help. I'd volunteer to help a worthwhile cause.[/p][/quote]You should contact them to volunteer as I should imagine they will need the support considering they are a new charity. brightonboy1
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