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Internet: Bullying

Question for Department for Culture, Media and Sport

UIN 36579, tabled on 4 May 2016

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans his Department has to prevent cyber bullying.

Answered on

9 May 2016

The Government’s approach to cyber bullying is to work with industry, charities, schools and parents to tackle this serious issue.

All schools must have a behaviour policy which includes measures to prevent and tackle all forms of bullying, including cyberbullying. To help schools, the Department for Education has produced advice which provides a definition of cyberbullying and outlines the steps schools can take to deal with bullying.https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/preventing-and-tackling-bullying. DfE has also produced case studies for schools showing good practice in how to manage behaviour and bullying. This includes a case study about how a school deals with cyberbullying. https://www.gov.uk/government/case-studies/talking-about-and-responding-to-school-cyberbullying

The Government recognises that educating young people is key to tackling cyberbullying and protecting children online. Recognising and dealing with cyberbullying forms part of school computer programmes, and the Government has also issued advice for parents and carers on cyberbullying detection:https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/375420/Advice_for_Parents_on_Cyberbullying_131114.pdf

We expects social media companies, and internet platforms, to have robust processes in place and to act promptly when abuse is reported; including acting quickly to removing inappropriate content, and where appropriate, suspending or terminating the accounts of those breaching the rules in place.

The Government continues to work closely with social media companies and other relevant actors and experts to make sure they are committed to protecting children and young people who use their platforms. Ministers from the Department for Education, the Department for Culture Media and Sport, and the Home Office, lead the Executive Board of the UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS), which recently published a practical guide for providers of social media and interactive services based on current good practice.

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