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November 19, 2010

BeatBullying calls for cyber-bullying laws

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by Janet Harris

UK charity BeatBullying is calling for new laws to help stamp out cyber bullying.

As part of National Anti-Bullying Week the charity is campaigning for a law that would make cyber bullying a specific criminal offence, with an online petition that has attracted nearly a million signatures.

Some of the names on the petition should add weight to the charity’s cause - Archbishop Desmond Tutu for instance and a hundred parliamentarians.

The campaign also included the world’s first virtual protest march on Monday, with avatars of pop stars Alesha Dixon, Pixie Lott and The Saturdays joining the avatars of three-quarters of a million other people to ‘march’ across 60 websites, including the Office of the Children’s Commissioner.

Separately, cyber bullying has hit the news after X factor contestant Katie Waissel received a number of death threats on social networking sites after being in the bottom two for the third consecutive week.

She stayed in the competition while Aiden Grimshaw was eliminated.

The police are investigating the messages which have left the singer shaken and disgusted.

According to US site iSafe 42% of kids have been bullied while online and 1 in 4 have had it happen more than once.

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