In The News: UK Police Enlist Teens to Help Find, Discourage Cyberbullies

As reported today in Wired.co.uk, Thames Valley Police have realized that they need teen help to keep up with cyberbullies. Using teen volunteers, the police have initiated a new program designed to track and shut down cyberbully attacks – before they do real damage.

Teens will use Facebook and other online tools, to “scour the social network” and investigate cyberbully incidents reported by teachers and parents. Facebook will be used to warn attackers, to hopefully “nip the problem in the bud.”

The goal of the program? To “keep young people out of the criminal justice system if possible.” The program will run from today through May.

In Reading alone, the police report 60 Facebook-related crimes recorded in the last quarter.

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