Sue Mountstevens with students at City of Bristol college
College students from Bristol spoke to Sue Mountstevens about cyber bullying as part of a joint awareness campaign on Wednesday, October 16.
Ms Mountstevens discussed with students the difficulties and dangers of cyber bullying, sexting, what the police and the college can do to help and support students in feeling safe online and what students can do to help their friends who might be victims of cyber bullying.
Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: "Cyber bullying is a very serious issue affecting a growing number of young people. It's a real negative to all the good that modern technology can bring to young people’s lives and an increasing problem which is both heart-breaking and extremely worrying for victims, parents and guardians.
“Everyone has a responsibility for safeguarding young people whether it’s physically or online and we want to raise awareness of this as well as encourage young people to report it as and when it happens.
“We want victims to know that it is not your fault, no one has the right to make you feel like this and there is always someone there that you can speak to and stop this from happening.”
Gary Scott-Mullen, City of Bristol College Learner Services Manager, said: “We know that as ‘digital natives’ young people are extremely proficient at utilising technology and that social media is an everyday element of their lives. City of Bristol College takes its responsibilities very seriously in working with young people. This event is part of our overall aim to listen to students opinions, support and advise them on cyber risks and empower them to keep themselves safe and secure when online.”
Posted on Thursday 17th October 2013