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Wednesday, 24 June 2015

WELFARE NOTICE – CYBERBULLYING

It has been brought to the attention of the Station Welfare Department that there have been several recent cases of Cyberbullying within our community.  This is a most cowardly act that is poisoning our community.  It will not be tolerated and is to cease immediately.   
To eliminate any confusion as to what constitutes Cyberbullying;  Cyberbullying is bullying that takes place using electronic technology.  Electronic technology includes devices and equipment such as mobile phones, computers and tablets as well as communication tools including social media sites, text messages, chat, and websites.  Examples of Cyberbullying include deliberate malicious text messages or emails, rumors sent by email or posted on social networking sites, and embarrassing pictures, videos, websites, or fake profiles.
So what will be done?  Cases of Cybelbullying will be reported to the Civilian Police for investigation.  This is very likely to include removing all electronic media technology from the addresses of suspected perpetrators for forensic analysis, this includes mobile phones, lap tops, ipads, computers and smart tv’s.  The respective Commanding Officer will also be notified of those involved in order to determine the level of disciplinary action to be taken, this could lead to the perpetrators and their family being evicted from Service Families Accommodation.  We will also advise victims to take legal advice.  In October, 2014, Justice Secretary Chris Grayling said that Internet trolls and cyber bullies might face up to two years in jail under new laws protecting users against cyber threats, cyber bullying, internet trolling and cyber blackmail.  Justice Grayling said “These internet trolls are cowards who are poisoning our national life.” Adding, “No one would permit such venom in person, so there should be no place for it on social media. That is why we are determined to quadruple the current six-month sentence.”
YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED

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