Victims to be allowed to punish bullies

Telegraph (UK) 20 September 2007
Victims of school bullies will be able to mete out their own justice under new Government guidelines published tomorrow. They will be encouraged to have a say on sanctions for perpetrators – which may include litter-picking, removing graffiti or detentions. Ministers say it will ensure pupils see punishments as “fair” and give victims greater confidence. The move forms part of a comprehensive crackdown on bullying amid fears that pupil intimidation is on the increase.Guidance being published by the Department for Children, Schools and Families, will also outline a series of measures to punish “cyber bullies” who use email, mobile phones and social networking websites to victimise others. These include confiscating mobile phones, lessons teaching children about the risks of new technology and blocks on access to any “harmful” websites from school computers. It would potentially restrict access to websites such as YouTube, which have been used to post humiliating films of teachers and images of fellow pupils being attacked. The Government said it represented a shift in focus from campaigning against bullying to more hardline sanctions to stamp it out in schools.

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