Detectives will start sending messages to cyber bullies using the social networking site, warning them they are breaking the law and could face prosecution.
Their parents will also be sent a letter alerting them to the fact that their child is an online bully and what the consequences of their actions could be.Just perfect, I think you’ll agree?
And rather surprising, since a constant theme on most police blogs is what a complete waste of time policing internet spats between member of the underclass is…
Still, don’t fret at the thought of a bunch of confused cops struggling to work the new technology. They’ll have help:
The trial in the Thames Valley, which will be the first of its kind, will see police joining forces with teenage volunteers to help press the delete button on school-aged Facebook bullies harassing fellow students.Teenage volunteers, eh? I wonder what they are going to call them?
And the genius behind this scheme? Step forward PC Thomas:
Police constable Dave Thomas came up with the scheme, which will be trialled from Monday.
"By sending a police warning notice on Facebook, students will be made aware they could be prosecuted," he said.Note that ‘could’…
Once a cyber bullying issue on Facebook is flagged by a school or parent to an officer, Pc Thomas and his team will investigate what has been written.
If it is deemed inappropriate, they will send the bully a message warning them if they continue they could be breaking the law.Again, note that ‘could’…
And note that ‘team’ too! Just how many cops are planning to swap the hard graft for a bit of light surfing?
The initiative will start in Reading, Berks., and if enough people "like" the idea, it could be rolled out across the South East from May.And if enough people don’t?