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The West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) has welcomed West Mercia Police’s latest campaign to combat cyberbullying and online harassment amongst young people.

Launching today as part of the force’s ongoing #BeCyberSmart campaign, the latest initiative focuses on providing information to young people (and their families and education providers) who are worried about online bullying. It also aims to make bullies aware that their actions can have serious consequences.  

The campaign is supported by six national partners – the NSPCC, MumsNet, Bullying UK, Kooth, Kidscape and Internet matters – along with local authorities and schools. A number of resources have been produced including a new interview with Lucy Alexander, mother of Felix Alexander who tragically took his own life in 2016 after being bullied online.

Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion said “It’s important that West Mercia Police delivers an agile, dynamic approach to tackling cybercrime, keeping pace with new emerging threats. This latest campaign is an excellent example of this, using social media and more traditional educational tools to engage with those who are most vulnerable. I will continue to ensure victims of cyberbullying get the help that they need, whilst supporting this important preventative work, which contributes to keeping our communities safe.” 

Click here for more information about the campaign on the West Mercia Police website.

The PCC will be supporting the campaign on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter: @WestMerciaPCC #BeCyberSmart

Issued: Monday 16th October 2017