For every suicide there are

100 suicide attempts

National Policing Lead for ACPO Communication Advisory Group Chief Constable Andy Trotter said:

“People may think they can remain anonymous when they are online, that they can hide, say and do things they wouldn’t dream of doing in real life without consequences or being found out; this is not the case.

 

“Reports of credible threats and communications made over social media that specifically target an individual and constitute harassment will be taken very seriously by the police and investigated.  Please call your local police force on 101 if you think you are being harassed or threatened online.”

WHY DO WE NEED TO ACT

Statistics

For every suicide there are at least 100 suicide attempts.

 

In the UK a study revealed that at least half the suicides amongst young adults are related to cyber- bullying

 

10-14 year old girls are a high risk

Adults are affected but are often too proud to seek help.

Bullying is Discrimination.

Bullying doesn’t discriminate.

We are all potential targets… even when on-line.

Across the UK today we are hearing some very disturbing stories about children and adults who are being bullied on line.

 

Parents call helpline’s in tears, worried about the safety of their children.

 

Adults are struggling with cyber-bullying too.  A number of high profile cases are about to come to fruition involving children, adults and, even MP’s, who have been targeted by on-line hate campaigners.

 

It’s an anti-social behaviour, a form of discrimination, that does not discriminate.  It affects adults and children alike.

 

Ask.fm has been heavily criticised following a spate of child suicides.  Companies, and charities, have removed their adverts from the site following the death of Hanna Smith from Leicester – who ended her own life at the young age of 14 due to an ongoing eCRIME case.

 

On 14 February 2011, Valentines day, a 15 year old girl from Worcestershire threw herself under a train due to cyber-bullying.  Her name was Natasha MacBryde and she was a truly beautiful girl.

UK SUICIDES

Over the last two years or so, we have seen a spate of child suicides;

Surely the question should be ‘WHY did these children give up’?

14 February 2011: Natasha MacBryde aged 15, from Worcestershire.

27 October 2012: Erin Gallagher, aged 13yrs, from Ireland.

14 December 2012: Shannon Gallagher, sister of Erin.

4 April 2013: Joshua Unsworth, 15yrs, from Lancaster.

24 April 2013: Katie Webb, 12yrs, from Evesham, Worcestershire.

15 July 2013: Daniel Perry, 17yrs from Dunfermline, Fife.

2 August 2013: Hanna Smith, 14yrs from Lutterworth.

23 August 2013: Sinead Taylor, 15yrs, from Woolwich, London.

Our thoughts and sincere condolences go out to the family and friends of these beautiful angels

All of these young children committed suicide due to cyber bullying.

 

At least two of those children had actively started an anti-bullying campaign before they took their own lives.

 

Joshua Unsworth posted a YouTube video in which he offered to help anyone else being bullied.   Joshua said; “There was just too many suicides. I decided something needed to be done”.   Later, he took his own life.

 

Sinead Taylor posted a video diary in which she said; “You have just got to stand up to them and be, like; ‘Look, this is who I am. Take me for who I am or not at all”.

We should be so proud of them.

We have a duty to continue what they started.

They found the strength and courage to ‘speak out’ about their ordeal in the midst of a most personal and traumatic attack.

The next natural question has to be

WHAT are YOU going to do about it’?

Take action and protect your children online

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