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Trolls and Bullies

Shortly after the death of Batley and Spen’s MP, Jo Cox, I wrote an article noting female colleagues in the Houses of Parliament are suffering online threats, many of which are deeply offensive with sexual undertones. I observed there is a particular kind of person that hates women in authority; this prejudice is not confined to men.

Misogynistic online bullying is not, of course, confined to Members of Parliament. Many women in the public eye, from historian Mary Beard to Caroline Criado Perez, who campaigned for Jane Austen to be on a banknote, to school children have been affected. Bullying of any kind, whether online or offline, is absolutely unacceptable and I completely agree with the Minister for Women and Equalities that there is absolutely no place for misogyny or trolling in our society.

I welcome therefore that the Government has set up the Stop Online Abuse website that offers practical advice, with a focus on LGB&T people, including on social media. This excellent new resource also gives information on how to complain about sexism and bullying on websites, social media sites and in the press and advertising.

It is also important to educate young people against this sort of bullying in the first place, to ensure they are robust and resilient if they come across unwanted images or cyberbullying. A range of websites help children and their parents discuss these issues, and the Government has invested £3.85 million in a second phase of the ‘This is Abuse’ campaign called Disrespect Nobody, which challenges young people to rethink their views on abuse and consent in relationships.

What is illegal offline is illegal online. I welcome recent developments, such as a Twitter director saying he thought the company was doing better on dealing with trolls, but I was glad that the site also recognises more must be done.

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Eric Pickles is a British Conservative Party politician and Member of Parliament for Brentwood and Ongar.

Jeremy Corbyn’s speech to Labour Party Annual Conference 2015

Friends, thank you so much for that incredible welcome and Rohi, thank you so much for that incredible welcome. Rohi, thank you so much for the way you introduced me and the way our family and you have contributed so much to our community. That was absolutely brilliant. Thank you very much.

I am truly delighted to be invited to make this speech today, because for the past two weeks, as you’ve probably known I’ve had a very easy, relaxing time. Hardly anything of any importance at all has happened to me.

You might have noticed in some of our newspapers they’ve taken a bit of an interest in me lately.

Some of the things I’ve read are this. According to one headline “Jeremy Corbyn welcomed the prospect of an asteroid ‘wiping out’ humanity.”

Now, asteroids are pretty controversial. It’s not the kind of policy I’d want this party to adopt without a full debate in conference. So can we have the debate later in the week!

Another newspaper went even further and printed a ‘mini-novel’ that predicted how life would look if I were Prime Minister. It’s pretty scary I have to tell you.

It tells us football’s Premier League would collapse, which makes sense, because it’s quite difficult to see how all our brilliant top 20 teams in the Premiership would cope with playing after an asteroid had wiped out humanity. So that’s a no-no for sure!

And then the Daily Express informed readers that – I’m not quite sure how many greats there are here, but I think there are three or four – great-great-great grandfather, who I’d never heard of before was a very unpleasant sort of chap who apparently was involved in running a workhouse. I want to take this opportunity to apologise for not doing the decent thing and going back in time to have a chat with him about his appalling behaviour.

But then there’s another journalist who had obviously been hanging around my street a great deal, who quotes: “Neighbours often see him riding a Chairman Mao style bicycle.” Less thorough journalists might just have referred to it as just a ‘bicycle’, but no.

So we have to conclude that whenever we see someone on a bicycle from now on, there goes another supporter of Chairman Mao. Thus, the Daily Express has changed history.

But seriously Conference it’s a huge honour and a privilege for me to speak to you today as Leader of the Labour Party.

To welcome all our new members.

More than 160,000 have joined the Labour party.

And more than 50,000 have joined since the declaration of the leadership and deputy leadership election results.

I’m very proud to say that in my own constituency, our membership as of last night had just gone over 3,000 individual members and 2,000 registered supporters. 5,000 people in my constituency.

I want to say first of all thank you to all of the people of my constituency of Islington North and Islington North Labour party for their friendship, support and all the activities we’ve done and all the help and support they’ve given me in the past few weeks. I’m truly grateful to you. Thank you very much indeed to everyone in Islington.

Above I want to welcome all our new members to this party, everyone who’s joined this party in this great endeavour. To change our party, change our country, change our politics and change the way we do things. Above all I want to speak to everyone in Britain about the tasks Labour has now turned to.

Opposing and fighting the Tory government and the huge damage it is doing.

Developing Labour’s alternative.

Renewing our policies so we can reach out across the country and win.

Starting next year.

In Wales.

In Scotland.

In London.

In Bristol.

In local government elections across Britain.

I want to repeat the thanks I gave after my election to all the people who have served the Labour Party so well in recent months and years.

To Ed Miliband for the leadership he gave our party, and for the courage and dignity he showed in the face of tawdry media attacks.

And also for the contribution I know he will be making in the future.

Especially on the vital issues of the environment and climate change.

Thank you Ed. Thank you so much for all you’ve done.

And to Harriet Harman not just for her leadership and service, but for her commitment and passion for equality and the rights of women.

The way she has changed attitudes and law through her courage and determination. The Equality Act is one of many testaments to her huge achievements. Thank you, Harriet, for everything you’ve done and everything you continue to do.

I also want to say a big thank you to Iain McNicol, our General Secretary, and all our Party staff in London and Newcastle and all over the country for their dedication and hard work during the General Election and leadership election campaigns.

And also to all the staff and volunteers who are doing such a great job here this week in Brighton at this incredible conference we’re holding. Thank you to all of them. They’re part of our movement and part of our conference.

Also I want to say a special thank you to the fellow candidates who contested the leadership election for this party.

It was an amazing three month experience for all of us.

I want to say thank you to Liz Kendall, for her passion, her independence, determination and her great personal friendship to me throughout the campaign. Liz, thank you so much for that and all you contribute to the party.

I want to say thank you to Yvette Cooper for the remarkable way in which she’s helped to change public attitudes towards the refugee crisis.

And now for leading a taskforce on how Britain and Europe can do more to respond to this crisis. Yvette, thank you for that.

And to Andy Burnham, our new Shadow Home Secretary, for everything he did as Health Secretary to defend our NHS – health service free at the point if use as a human right for all.

I want to say thank you to all three for the spirit and friendship with which they contested the election.

Thank you Liz.

Thank you Yvette.

Thank you Andy.

I want to thank all those who took part in that election, at hustings and rallies all across the country. Our Party at its best, democratic, inclusive and growing.

I’ve got new people to thank as well.

The talented colleagues working with me in the Shadow Cabinet and on Labour’s front bench.

An inclusive team from all political wings of our Party.

From every part of our country.

It gives us the right foundation for the open debate our Party must now have about the future.

I am not leader who wants to impose leadership lines all the time.

I don’t believe anyone of us has a monopoly on wisdom and ideas – we all have ideas and a vision of how things can be better.

I want open debate in our party and our movement.

I will listen to everyone.

I firmly believe leadership is about listening.

We will reach out to our new members and supporters.

Involve people in our debates on policy and then our Party as a whole will decide.

I’ve been given a huge mandate, by 59 per cent of the electorate who supported my campaign. I believe it is a mandate for change.

I want to explain how.

First and foremost it’s a vote for change in the way we do politics.

In the Labour Party and in the country.

Politics that’s kinder, more inclusive.

Bottom up, not top down.

In every community and workplace, not just in Westminster.

Real debate, not necessarily message discipline all the time.

But above all, straight talking. Honest.

That’s the politics we’re going to have in the future in this party and in this movement.

And it was a vote for political change in our party as well.

Let me be clear under my leadership, and we discussed this yesterday in conference, Labour will be challenging austerity.

It will be unapologetic about reforming our economy to challenge inequality and protect workers better.

And internationally Labour will be a voice for engagement in partnership with those who share our values.

Supporting the authority of international law and international institutions, not acting against them.

The global environment is in peril.

We need to be part of an international movement to cut emissions and pollution.

To combat the environmental danger to our planet.

These are crucial issues. But I also want to add this.

I’ve been standing up for human rights, challenging oppressive regimes for 30 years as a backbench MP.

And before that as an individual activist, just like everyone else in this hall.

Just because I’ve become the leader of this party, I’m not going to stop standing up on those issues or being that activist.

So for my first message to David Cameron, I say to him now a little message from our conference, I hope he’s listening – you never know:

Intervene now personally with the Saudi Arabian regime to stop the beheading and crucifixion of Ali Mohammed al-Nimr, who is threatened with the death penalty, for taking part in a demonstration at the age of 17.

And while you’re about it, terminate that bid made by our Ministry of Justice’s to provide services for Saudi Arabia – which would be required to carry out the sentence that would be put down on Mohammed Ali al-Nimr.

We have to be very clear about what we stand for in human rights.

A refusal to stand up is the kind of thing that really damages Britain’s standing in the world.

I have huge admiration for human rights defenders all over the world. I’ve met hundreds of these very brave people during my lifetime working on international issues. I want to say a special mention to one group who’ve campaigned for the release of British resident Shaker Aamer from Guantanamo Bay.

This was a campaign of ordinary people like you and me, standing on cold draughty streets, for many hours over many years.

Together we secured this particular piece of justice.

That’s how our human rights were won by ordinary people coming together. Ordinary people doing extraordinary things – that is how our rights and our human rights have been won.

The Tories want to repeal the Human Rights Act and some want leave the European convention on Human Rights.

Just to show what they’re made of, their new Trade Union Bill which we’re opposing very strongly in the House and the country, is also a fundamental attack on human rights and is in breach of both the ILO and the European Convention on Human Rights.

Now I’ve been listening to a lot of advice about how to do this job.

There’s plenty of advice around, believe me.

Actually I quite like that. I welcome that.

I like to listen to advice, particularly the advice which is unwelcome. That is often the best advice you get. The people that tell you, “yes, you’re doing great, you’re brilliant, you’re wonderful”. Fine. Thank you, but what have I got wrong? “Oh, I haven’t got time for that.”

I want to listen to people.

But I do like to do things differently as well.

I’ve been told never to repeat your opponents’ lines in a political debate.

But I want to tackle one thing head on.

The Tories talk about economic and family security being at risk from us the Labour party, or perhaps even more particularly, from me.

I say this to them. How dare these people talk about security for families and people in Britain?

Where’s the security for families shuttled around the private rented sector on six month tenancies – with children endlessly having to change schools?

Where’s the security for those tenants afraid to ask a landlord to fix a dangerous structure in their own homes because they might be evicted because they’ve gone to the local authority to seek the justice they’re entitled to?

Where’s the security for the carers struggling to support older family members as Tory local government cuts destroy social care and take away the help they need?

Where’s the security for young people starting out on careers knowing they are locked out of any prospect of ever buying their own home by soaring house prices?

Where’s the security for families driven away from their children’s schools, their community and family ties by these welfare cuts?

Where’s the security for the hundreds of thousands taking on self-employment with uncertain income, no sick pay, no Maternity Pay, no paid leave, no pension now facing the loss of the tax credits that keep them and their families afloat?

And there’s no security for the 2.8 million households in Britain forced into debt by stagnating wages and the Tory record of the longest fall in living standards since records began.
And that’s the nub of it.

Tory economic failure.

An economy that works for the few, not for the many.

Manufacturing still in decline.

Look at the Tory failure to intervene to support our steel industry as the Italian government has done.

So, as we did yesterday in conference, we stand with the people on Teesside fighting for their jobs, their industry and their community. The company has said that it will mothball the plant and lay the workers off, therefore it is not too late now, again, to call on the Prime Minister even at this late stage, this 12th hour, to step in and defend those people, like the Italian government has done. Why can’t the British government? What is wrong with them?

There’s an investment crisis.

Britain at the bottom of the international league on investment.

Just below Madagascar and just above El Salvador. So we’re doing quite well!

Britain’s balance of payment deficit £100 billion last year.

Loading our economy and every one of us with unsustainable debt for the future.

And the shocks in world markets this summer have shown what a dangerous and fragile state the world economy is in.

And how ill prepared the Tories have left us to face another crisis.

It hasn’t been growing exports and a stronger manufacturing sector that have underpinned the feeble economic recovery.

It’s house price inflation, asset inflation, more private debt.

Unbalanced.

Unsustainable.

Dangerous.

The real risk to economic and family security.

To people who have had to stretch to take on mortgages.

To people who have only kept their families afloat through relying on their credit cards, and payday loans.

Fearful of how they will cope with a rise in interest rates.

It’s not acceptable.

The Tories’ austerity is the out-dated and failed approach of the past.

So it’s for us, for Labour to develop our forward-looking alternative.

That’s what John McDonnell started to do in his excellent speech to conference.

At the heart of it is investing for the future.

Every mainstream economist will tell you that with interest rates so low now is the time for public investment in our infrastructure.

Investment in council housing, and for affordable homes to rent and to buy.

John Healey’s plan for 100,000 new council and housing association homes a year.

To tackle the housing crisis, drive down the spiralling housing benefit bill and so to make the taxpayer a profit. A profit for the taxpayer because the benefit bill falls when the cost of housing falls. It’s quite simple actually and quite a good idea.

Investment in fast broadband to support new high technology jobs.

A National Investment Bank to support investment in infrastructure.

To provide finance to small and medium sized firms that our banks continue to starve of the money they need to grow.

A Green New Deal investing in renewable energy and energy conservation to tackle the threat of climate change.

The Tories of course are selling off the Green Investment Bank. They are simply not interested in this.

This is the only way to a strong economic future for Britain.

That’s sustainable.

That turns round the terrible trade deficit.

That supports high growth firms and businesses.

That provides real economic security for our people.

The economy of the future depends on the investment we make today in infrastructure, skills, and schools.

I’m delighted that Lucy Powell is our new shadow Education Secretary.
She has already set out how the education of every child and the quality of every school counts.

Every school accountable to local government, not bringing back selection.
We have aspirations for all children, not just a few.

Now my first public engagement as Labour leader came within an hour of being elected.

I was proud to speak at the ‘Refugees Welcome’ rally in London. I wanted to send out a message of the kinder politics we are pursuing and a caring society we want to achieve.

I have been inspired by people across our country.

Making collections for the refugees in Calais. Donating to charities.

The work of Citizens UK to involve whole communities in this effort.

These refugees are the victims of war – many the victims of the brutal conflict in Syria.

It is a huge crisis, the worst humanitarian crisis in Europe since the Second World War. And globally it’s the biggest refugee crisis there has ever been.

But the scale of the response from the government, Europe and the international community isn’t enough.

And whilst the government is providing welcome aid to the region, especially in the Lebanon, we all know much more needs to be done. Because it’s a crisis of human beings just like you and just like me looking for security and looking for safety. Let’s reach out the hand of humanity and friendship to them.

Now let me say something about national security.

The best way to protect the British people against the threats we face to our safety at home and abroad is to work to resolve conflict.

That isn’t easy, but it is unavoidable if we want real security.

Our British values are internationalist and universal.

They are not limited by borders.

Britain does need strong, modern military and security forces to keep us safe.

And to take a lead in humanitarian and peace keeping missions – working with and strengthening the United Nations.

On my first day in Parliament as Labour Leader it was a privilege to meet the soldiers and medics who did such remarkable work in tackling the Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone.

There is no contradiction between working for peace across the world and doing what is necessary to keep us safe.

Today we face very different threats from the time of the Cold War which ended thirty years ago.

That’s why I have asked our Shadow Defence Secretary, Maria Eagle, to lead a debate and review about how we deliver that strong, modern effective protection for the people of Britain.

I’ve made my own position on one issue clear. And I believe I have a mandate from my election on it.

I don’t believe £100 billion on a new generation of nuclear weapons taking up a quarter of our defence budget is the right way forward.

I believe Britain should honour our obligations under the Non Proliferation Treaty and lead in making progress on international nuclear disarmament.

But in developing our policy through the review we must make sure we all the jobs and skills of everyone in every aspect of the defence industry are fully protected and fully utilised so that we gain from this, we don’t lose from this. To me, that is very important.

And on foreign policy we need to learn the lessons of the recent past.

It didn’t help our national security that, at the same time I was protesting outside the Iraqi Embassy about Saddam Hussein’s brutality, Tory ministers were secretly conniving with illegal arms sales to his regime.

It didn’t help our national security when we went to war with Iraq in defiance of the United Nations and on a false prospectus.

It didn’t help our national security to endure the loss of hundreds of brave British soldiers in that war while making no proper preparation for what to do after the fall of the regime.

Nor does it help our national security to give such fawning and uncritical support to regimes like Saudi Arabia and Bahrain – who abuse their own citizens and repress democratic rights. These are issues we have to stand up on and also recognise in some cases they are using British weapons in their assault on Yemen. We have got to be clear on where our objectives are.

But there is a recent object lesson in how real leadership can resolve conflicts, prevent war and build real security.

It’s the leadership, the clever and difficult diplomacy that has been shown by Barack Obama and others in reaching the historic deal with Iran. A deal that opens the way for new diplomatic efforts to resolve the conflict in Syria.

The scale of the destruction and suffering in Syria is truly dreadful.

More than a quarter of a million people killed.

More than ten million driven from their homes.

I yield to no-one in my opposition to the foul and despicable crimes committed by Isil and by the Assad government including barrel bombs being dropped on civilian targets.

We all want the atrocities to stop and the Syrian people free to determine their own destiny.

But the answer to this complex and tragic conflict can’t simply be found in a few more bombs.

I agree with Paddy Ashdown when he says that military strikes against Isil aren’t succeeding, not because we do not have enough high explosives, but because we do not have a diplomatic strategy on Syria.

That’s the challenge for leadership now, for us, for David Cameron.

The clever, patient, difficult diplomacy Britain needs to play a leading role in.

That’s why Hilary Benn and I together are calling for a new United Nations Security Council resolution that can underpin a political solution to the crisis.

I believe the UN can yet bring about a process that leads to an end to the violence in Syria. Yesterday’s meetings in New York were very important.

Social democracy itself was exhausted.

Dead on its feet.

Yet something new and invigorating, popular and authentic has exploded.

To understand this all of us have to share our ideas and our contributions.

Our common project must be to embrace the emergence of a modern left movement and harness it to build a society for the majority.

Now some media commentators who’ve spent years complaining about how few people have engaged with political parties have sneered at our huge increase in membership.

If they were sports reporters writing about a football team they’d be saying:

“They’ve had a terrible summer. They’ve got 160,000 new fans. Season tickets are sold out. The new supporters are young and optimistic. I don’t know how this club can survive a crisis like this.”

We celebrate the enthusiasm of so many people, old and young, from all communities.

In every part of the country.

Joining Labour as members and supporters.

And we need to change in response to this movement.

Our new members want to be active and involved.

Want to have a say in our Labour Party’s policies.

Want to lead local and national campaigns against injustice and the dreadful impact of Tory austerity.

Want to work in their local communities to make people’s lives better.

They don’t want to do things the old way.

Young people and older people are fizzing with ideas. Let’s give them the space for that fizz to explode into the joy we want of a better society.

They want a new politics of engagement and involvement.

Many of them are already active in their communities, in voluntary organisations, in local campaigns.

And we’ve convinced them now to take a further step and join our Labour Party.

What a tremendous opportunity for our Labour Party to be the hub of every community.

The place where people come together to campaign.

To debate, to build friendships, to set up new community projects.

To explain and talk to their neighbours about politics, about changing Britain for the better.

That’s going to mean a lot of change for the way we’ve done our politics in the past.

Our new Deputy Leader Tom Watson is well up for that challenge. He’s leading the charge and leading the change of the much greater use of digital media as a key resource.

That is the way of communication, it is not just through broadsheet newspapers or tabloids, it’s social media that really is the point of communication of the future. We have got to get that.

One firm commitment I make to people who join our Labour Party is that you have a real say, the final say in deciding on the policies of our party.

No-one – not me as Leader, not the Shadow Cabinet, not the Parliamentary Labour Party – is going to impose policy or have a veto.

The media commentariat don’t get it.

They’ve been keen to report disagreements as splits: agreement and compromise as concessions and capitulation

No.

This is grown up politics.

Where people put forward different views.

We debate issues.

We take a decision and we go forward together.

We look to persuade each other.

On occasions we might agree to disagree.

But whatever the outcome we stand together, united as Labour, to put forward a better way to the misery on offer from the Conservatives.

There’s another important thing about how we are going to do this.

It’s a vital part of our new politics.

I want to repeat what I said at the start of the leadership election.

I do not believe in personal abuse of any sort.

Treat people with respect.

Treat people as you wish to be treated yourself.

Listen to their views, agree or disagree but have that debate.

There is going to be no rudeness from me.

Maya Angelou said: “You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”

I want a kinder politics, a more caring society.

Don’t let them reduce you to believing in anything less.

So I say to all activists, whether Labour or not, cut out the personal attacks.

The cyberbullying.

And especially the misogynistic abuse online.

And let’s get on with bringing values back into politics.

So what are our first big campaigns?

I want to start with a fundamental issue about democratic rights for Britain.

Just before Parliament rose for the summer the Tories sneaked out a plan to strike millions of people off the electoral register this December.

A year earlier than the advice of the independent Electoral Commission.

It means two million or more people could lose their right to vote.

That’s 400,000 people in London. It’s 70,000 people in Glasgow.

Thousands in every town and city, village and hamlet all across the country

That’s overwhelmingly students, people in insecure accommodation, and short stay private lets.

We know why the Tories are doing it.

They want to gerrymander next year’s Mayoral election in London by denying hundreds of thousands of Londoners their right to vote.

They want to do the same for the Assembly elections in Wales.

And they want to gerrymander electoral boundaries across the country.

By ensuring new constituencies are decided on the basis of the missing registers when the Boundary Commission starts its work in April 2016.

Conference we are going to do our best to stop them.

We will highlight this issue in Parliament and outside.

We will work with Labour councils across the country to get people back on the registers.

And from today our Labour Party starts a nationwide campaign for all our members to work in every town and city, in every university as students start the new term, to stop the Tory gerrymander. To get people on the electoral register.

It’s hard work – as I know from 10 years as the election agent for a marginal London constituency.

But now we have new resources.

The power of social media.

The power of our huge new membership.

Conference, let’s get to it. Get those people on the register to give us those victories but also to get fairness within our society.

And, friends, we need to renew our party in Scotland. I want to pay tribute today to our leader in Scotland, Kezia Dugdale and her team of MSPs in the Scottish Parliament.

I know that people in Scotland have been disappointed by the Labour Party.

I know you feel we lost our way.

I agree with you.

Kezia has asked people to take another look at the Labour Party.

And that’s what I want people across Scotland to do.

Under Kezia and my leadership we will change.

We will learn the lessons of the past.

And we will again make Labour the great fighting force you expect us to be.

We need to be investing in skills, investing in our young people – not cutting student numbers. Giving young people real hope and real opportunity.

Conference, it is Labour that is the progressive voice for Scotland.

There’s another big campaign we need to lead.

David Cameron’s attack on the living standards of low paid workers and their families through the assault on tax credits.

First, remind people over and over again David Cameron pledged during the election not to cut child tax credits.

On the Question Time Leader’s debate he said he had rejected child tax credit cuts.

It’s a shocking broken promise – and the Tories voted it through in Parliament just two weeks ago.

How can it be right for a single mother working as a part time nurse earning just £18,000 to lose £2,000 to this broken promise?

Some working families losing nearly £3,500 a year to this same broken promise.

And how can it be right or fair to break this promise while handing out an inheritance tax cut to 60,000 of the wealthiest families in the country? See the contrast

So we’ll fight this every inch of the way.

And we’ll campaign at the workplace, in every community against this Tory broken promise.

And to expose the absurd lie that the Tories are on the side of working people, that they are giving Britain a pay rise.

It was one of the proudest days of my life when cycling home from Parliament at 5 o’clock in the morning having voted for the national minimum wage legislation to go through.

So of course it’s good to see a minimum wage.

But the phoney rebranding of it as a living wage doesn’t do anyone any good.

And the Institute of Fiscal Studies has shown Cameron’s broken promise mean millions of workers are still left far worse off.

They can and must be changed.

As I travelled the country during the leadership campaign it was wonderful to see the diversity of all the people in our country.

And that is now being reflected in our membership with more black, Asian and ethnic minority members joining our party.

Even more inspiring is the unity and unanimity of their values.

A belief in coming together to achieve more than we can on our own.

Fair play for all.

Solidarity and not walking by on the other side of the street when people are in trouble.

Respect for other people’s point of view.

It is this sense of fair play, these shared majority British values that are the fundamental reason why I love this country and its people.

These values are what I was elected on: a kinder politics and a more caring society.

They are Labour values and our country’s values.

We’re going to put these values back into politics.

I want to rid Britain of injustice, to make it fairer, more decent, more equal.

And I want all our citizens to benefit from prosperity and success.

There is nothing good about cutting support to the children of supermarket workers and cleaners.

There is nothing good about leaving hundreds of thousands unable to feed themselves, driving them to foodbanks that have almost become an institution.

And there is nothing good about a Prime Minister wandering around Europe trying to bargain away the rights that protect our workers.

As our Conference decided yesterday we will oppose that and stand up for the vision of a social Europe, a Europe of unity and solidarity, to defend those rights.

I am proud of our history.

It is a history of courageous people who defied overwhelming odds to fight for the rights and freedoms we enjoy today.

The rights of women to vote.

The rights and dignity of working people;

Our welfare state.

The NHS – rightly at the centre of Danny Boyle’s great Olympic opening ceremony.

The BBC.

Both great institutions.

Both under attack by the Tories.

Both threatened by the idea that profit comes first, not the needs and interests of our people. That’s the difference between us and the Tories.

So let me make this commitment.

Our Labour Party will always put people’s interests before profit.

Now I want to say a bit more about policy – and the review that Angela Eagle has announced this week.

Let’s start by recognising the huge amount of agreement we start from, thanks to the work that Angela led in the National Policy Forum.

Then we need to be imaginative and recognise the ways our country is changing.

In my leadership campaign I set out some ideas for how we should support small businesses and the self-employed.
That’s because one in seven of the labour force now work for themselves.

Some of them have been driven into it as their only response to keep an income coming in, insecure though it is.

But many people like the independence and flexibility self-employment brings to their lives, the sense of being your own boss.

And that’s a good thing.

But with that independence comes insecurity and risk especially for those on the lowest and most volatile incomes.

There’s no Statutory Sick Pay if they have an accident at work.

There’s no Statutory Maternity Pay for women when they become pregnant

They have to spend time chasing bigger firms to pay their invoices on time, so they don’t slip further into debt.

They earn less than other workers.

On average just £11,000 a year.

And their incomes have been hit hardest by five years of Tory economic failure.

So what are the Tories doing to help the self-employed, the entrepreneurs they claim to represent?

They’re clobbering them with the tax credit cuts.

And they are going to clobber them again harder as they bring in Universal Credit.

So I want our policy review to tackle this in a really serious way. And be reflective of what modern Britain is actually like.

Labour created the welfare state as an expression of a caring society – but all too often that safety net has holes in it, people fall through it, and it is not there for the self-employed. It must be. That is the function of a universal welfare state.

Consider opening up Statutory Maternity and Paternity Pay to the self-employed so all new born children can get the same level of care from their parents.

I’ve asked Angela Eagle, our Shadow Business Secretary, and Owen Smith, our Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, to look at all the ways we can we support self-employed people and help them to grow their businesses.

And I want to thank Lillian Greenwood, our Shadow Transport Secretary for the speed and skill with which she has moved policy on the future of our railways forward.

It was wonderful to see Conference this morning agree our new plan to bring private franchises into public ownership as they expire.

Labour’s policy now is to deliver the fully integrated, publicly owned railway the British people want and need. That’s the Labour policy, that’s the one we’ll deliver on.

Housing policy too is a top priority.

Perhaps nowhere else has Tory failure been so complete and so damaging to our people.

In the last parliament at least half a million fewer homes built than needed.

Private rents out of control.

A third of private rented homes not meeting basic standards of health and safety.

The chance of owning a home a distant dream for the vast majority of young people.

There’s no answer to this crisis that doesn’t start with a new council house-building programme.

With new homes that are affordable to rent and to buy.

As John Healey, our Shadow Housing Minister, has shown it can pay for itself and make the taxpayer a profit by cutting the housing benefit bill by having reasonable rents, not exorbitant rents

And we need new ideas to tackle land hoarding and land speculation.

These are issues that are so vital to how things go forward in this country.

I want a kinder, more caring politics that does not tolerate more homelessness, more upheaval for families in temporary accommodation.

A secure home is currently out of reach for millions.

And John Healey has already made a great start on a fundamental review of our housing policies to achieve that.

And we are going to make mental health a real priority.

It’s an issue for all of us.

Every one of us can have a mental health problem.

So let’s end the stigma.

End the discrimination.

And with Luciana Berger, our Shadow Minister for Mental Health, I’m going to challenge the Tories to make parity of esteem for mental health a reality not a slogan.

With increased funding – especially for services for children and young people.

As three quarters of chronic mental health problems start before the age of 18.

Yet only a quarter of those young people get the help they need.

All our work on policy will be underpinned by Labour’s values.

End the stigma, end the discrimination, treat people with mental health conditions as you would wish to be treated yourself. That’s our pledge.

Let’s put them back into politics.

Let’s build that kinder, more caring world.

Since the dawn of history in virtually every human society there are some people who are given a great deal and many more people who are given little or nothing.

Some people have property and power, class and capital, status and clout which are denied to the many.

And time and time again, the people who receive a great deal tell the many to be grateful to be given anything at all.

They say that the world cannot be changed and the many must accept the terms on which they are allowed to live in it.

These days this attitude is justified by economic theory.

The many with little or nothing are told they live in a global economy whose terms cannot be changed.

They must accept the place assigned to them by competitive markets.

By the way, isn’t it curious that globalisation always means low wages for poor people, but is used to justify massive payments to top chief executives.

Our Labour Party came into being to fight that attitude.

That is still what our Labour Party is all about. Labour is the voice that says to the many, at home and abroad: “you don’t have to take what you’re given.”

Labour says:

“You may be born poor but you don’t have to stay poor. You don’t have to live without power and without hope.

“You don’t have to set limits on your talent and your ambition – or those of your children.

“You don’t have to accept prejudice and discrimination, or sickness or poverty, or destruction and war.

“You don’t have to be grateful to survive in a world made by others.

No, you set the terms for the people in power over you, and you dismiss them when they fail you.”

That’s what democracy is about.

That has always been our Labour Party’s message.

You don’t have to take what you’re given.

It was the great Nigerian writer Ben Okri who perhaps put it best:

“The most authentic thing about us is our capacity to create, to overcome, to endure, to transform, to love”.

But they’re at it again.

The people who want you to take what you’re given.

This Tory government.

This government which was made by the few – and paid for by the few.

Since becoming leader David Cameron has received £55 million in donations from hedge funds. From people who have a lot and want to keep it all.

That is why this pre-paid government came into being.

To protect the few and tell all the rest of us to accept what we’re given.

To deliver the £145 million tax break they have given the hedge funds in return.

They want us to believe there is no alternative to cutting jobs.

Slashing public services.

Vandalising the NHS.

Cutting junior doctor’s pay.

Reducing care for the elderly.

Destroying the hopes of young people for a college education or putting university graduates into massive debt.

Putting half a million more children in poverty.

They want the people of Britain to accept all of these things.

They expect millions of people to work harder and longer for a lower quality of life on lower wages. Well, they’re not having it.

Our Labour Party says no.
The British people never have to take what they are given.

And certainly not when it comes from Cameron and Osborne.

So Conference, I come almost to the end of my first conference speech, and I think you for listening OK, alright, don’t worry. Listen, I’ve spoken at 37 meetings since Saturday afternoon, is that not enough? Well talk later.

So I end conference with a quote.

The last bearded man to lead the Labour Party was a wonderful great Scotsman, Keir Hardie who died about a century ago this weekend and we commemorated him with a book we launched on Sunday evening. Kier grew up in dreadful poverty and made so much of his life and founded our party.

Stood up to be counted on votes for women, stood up for social justice, stood up to develop our political party.

We own him and so many more so much. And he was asked once summaries what you are about, summarise what you really mean in your life. And he thought for a moment and he said this:

“My work has consisted of trying to stir up a divine discontent with wrong”.

Don’t accept injustice, stand up against prejudice.

Let us build a kinder politics, a more caring society together.

Let us put our values, the people’s values, back into politics.

Thank you.

Online Social Networks: Friend or Foe?

The rise of social networking sites such as MySpace, Facebook and Bebo has brought a whole new dimension to social interaction. This is the first generation that has the technical means to offer a running commentary on every aspect of their lives. It has sparked a debate on whether this technology, an ever-increasing part of today’s children’s lives, is a force for good, or an opportunity for cyber-bullying to proliferate or worse. If the negative aspects can be dealt with, these technological advances could potentially alter the dynamics of future schooling; transforming the traditional lecture model into increasing group interaction and dialogue, into learning that’s ‘caught rather than taught’. School Matters investigates the issues, asks experts and users how the nature of the new mode of communication is affecting the way this generation relates to each other in and out of cyberspace, and how the technology can be harnessed to benefit learning.

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Combating Cyberbullying

How should teachers tackle the pernicious problem of cyberbullying? In this program, we’ll be providing you with ideas to raise awareness of the issues and dangers in both primary and secondary school. Including examples of how you can use the curriculum to confront the threats posed by cyberbullying. We’ll also be taking an overview where teachers and schools can find help to deal with the problem. The program’s being filmed at two schools which have developed internet safety policies with support from the organizations Childnet and Beatbullying. A third of all 11-18 year old in the UK have been victims of cyberbullying. Beatbullying Survey, 2009

NARRATOR A courtroom drama is about to unfold in this PSHE lesson. The accused admits that she filmed a friend dancing at a party and posted the images online. The court must decide if she’s also guilty of being a cyberbully. It’s a completely fictional scenario that has been created by the pupils themselves. After being asked to consider different forms of cyberbullying.

Rosyln Hawley So can we have some ideas, then?

UNKNOWN We could try somebody for sending rude text messages.

Rosyln Hawley Rude text messages, that’s a good one.

UNKNOWN Um, bullying on chat rooms?

Rosyln Hawley Bullying on chat rooms, yes.

UNKNOWN Posting a video on an online video library.

Rosyln Hawley ICT Teacher

Rosyln Hawley An online video library, that’s a really good one isn’t it, because we’re gonna have a massive audience. So should we focus on that one? Right, I think the next thing we need to do is allocate our roles, so we’ll all sit ’round this table here, getting them to move around in a room is good for a start, secondly if they’re all sitting together around a table, and they’re actually, um, thinking about issues, and they’re bouncing off one another, they’re generating ideas, and it’s sort of scaffolding and learning.

UNKNOWN What about, um, the prosecutioner?

UNKNOWN She gave no consent to put, to be put on the website. And, it isn’t a joke to her, because she got picked on for what was posted.

Rosyln Hawley We try to deliver lessons in sort of engaging ways, and to get them to think about it and to talk about it, to-, to do some personal thinking, and learning, um, and we feel that this is a very good way of, of helping them to do that, really.

UNKNOWN Your charges are that you put an inappropriate video on an online video library of your friend, Sophie, how do you plead?

UNKNOWN Not guilty.

UNKNOWN Good afternoon your honors. My client, Sophie, was a victim of her friend’s silly behavior. It wasn’t a joke at all, it was just mean on her, and she got picked on after school. Can I call my first witness please? Did she know she was gonna go online? Did she know that everybody in the whole world could see her dancing?

UNKNOWN Well I think she saw the camera, but I don’t think it was a joke. It was mean what she did.

UNKNOWN Can the defense present their case now?

UNKNOWN It’s ridiculous as being labeled a cyberbullying, it was a simple joke. I’d like to call in a witness. Would you like to tell us how you came across the video?

UNKNOWN Well, I saw it on the web, and it was like the top one there, it was really funny.

UNKNOWN So, you found it funny, you could see that this was a joke?

UNKNOWN Well, yeah, it looked like it from what I saw.

UNKNOWN Would you like to have been my client? Would you like to have been laughed at? Would you like to be on the, um, on the online library?

UNKNOWN Actually, if I was that person, I wouldn’t really like that, but, it was funny.

UNKNOWN No more questions.

NARRATOR Although this decision is being made by pupil magistrates, a judge and jury could be appointed in larger classes.

UNKNOWN I think she’s guilty. I mean it’s not gonna harm her is it, because she’s just taking a video? She’s not the one being bullied about it.

UNKNOWN I agree with you.

UNKNOWN Okay.

UNKNOWN We have come to our decision, and we find you guilty.

One in 5 of 10 and 11 year-olds say they have been subjected to taunts, threats and insults via the internet and mobile phones Anti-Bullying Alliance Survey, 2009

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Curriculum Integration

NARRATOR Schools are being encouraged to highlight issues surrounding cyberbullying in subject across the curriculum. Rather than relying only on opportunities presented by PSHE or citizenship. In this ICT lesson, pupils are being taught how to create storyboards using stories about cyberbullying.

Karen Shaw Head of Business Education

Karen Shaw The IT they’re using is to create a storyboard using a word document, creating text boxes to combine pictures and text about the story they’re telling. IT is a very good way of getting cyberbullying message across, because they can actually show visually how cyberbullying happens, and they can talk about and explore ways it can be resolved. Tell us your story!

UNKNOWN A little boy from San Francisco has, um, had a lot of question in his class, he’s got, he’s gettin’ bullied on a mess of text messages.

Karen Shaw So, you know we’re doing cyberbullying. You know we’re using drama as a means, so we’re gonna create these improvisations.

NARRATOR In drama, meanwhile, pupils are being asked to act out the impact of cyberbullying. It makes them think about the issues. And it helps them stretch their performance skills.

UNKNOWN Why’d you put this picture of me on Facebook?

UNKNOWN What pictures?

UNKNOWN You know what I’m on about.

UNKNOWN No, I don’t.

Claire Parsloe Drama Teacher

Claire Parsloe Oh it’s great as a drama teacher, because we want them to find other techniques to show cyberbullying. There’s a group who came up with an idea of, this person who’s at home in their own room where they’re meant to feel safe, is actually feeling trapped. And haunted by these messages that keep popping up on his social sites.

UNKNOWN You have no idea who’s sending them?

UNKNOWN No, I don’t know what to do.

UNKNOWN Better sleep with one eye open, eh?

UNKNOWN I don’t know what I’ve done to them.

Claire Parsloe They’ve come up with some powerful pieces of drama. Watching them, I actually felt really that my stomach had sunk, and it was a horrible situation. Because that’s exactly what they were meant to recreate. Because that’s exactly how it feels.

UNKNOWN I wish there was somebody I could tell.

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Almost 60% of young people have not considered that what they put online now could still be accessed years to come. Information Commissioner’s Office 2007

Role-Play

NARRATOR This primary class is focusing on the different forms and effects of cyberbullying using role-play.

Danielle Derrick I’ll give you each a scenario, and I want you to spend just a few minutes discussing your role-play idea.

NARRATOR Here the teacher guides the pupils to particular areas of concern, but then leaves them to think for themselves.

UNKNOWN And we could put up mean and nasty pictures of her, maybe edited once, make her look even worse.

UNKNOWN Someone walks home, and then they keep gettin’ prank calls, and the first time someone’s giggling-

UNKNOWN And the next time it could be silent.

UNKNOWN So we’ll start off laughin’ at the phone because it’s a picture.

UNKNOWN Cuz-, cuz we’re bein’ nasty, and, yeah.

Danielle Derrick Year 6 Teacher

Danielle Derrick Drama is really effective because it engages the children, it’s a really creative way from learnin’. They’ve involved, they’ve all involved with their, they have great ideas, and it just gives them that that insight into cyberbullying. Okay, group two, could you show us your role-play please?

UNKNOWN Hey, we should prank call those girls over there.

UNKNOWN Hello? Hello?

Danielle Derrick If it were to happen to them, they would know what to do, who to tell, and what forms the cyberbullying could take place.

UNKNOWN I’m going to get you.

UNKNOWN They’re coming to get us? What are we going to do?

NARRATOR It’s also suggested that role-plays could be developed into presentations for the whole school, and also for parents.

UNKNOWN Look, you’ve got a message.

UNKNOWN Oh yeah, so I have.

UNKNOWN What does it say?

UNKNOWN I’m watching you, be very afraid. We should-, we should report this straight away.

Danielle Derrick It may appear at first as though it’s a joke, or it’s not harmin’ them in any way, but actually, you know, that mental impact, you know, it really can affect children.

Nearly a quarter of young people have been sent a video clip or image of some else being bullied. Beatbullying Survey, 2009

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Cyber Charters

NARRATOR Cyber charters are a way of encouraging pupils of any age to think through how they use online and text communication. It’s an approach that’s especially useful for highlighting the importance of privacy, and the dangers of inadvertent cyberbullying. The lesson involves class and group discussion.

Ruth Wright You’ll notice that you’ve got a sheet on your table, and there’s two questions on that sheet. The first question says when you’re using ICT to communicate with others, what are your rights? And the other one says what are your responsibilities?

UNKNOWN I think it’s like one of our rights to like, have, to like be safe and to feel safe and comfortable on the internet.

Ruth Wright Are there any responsibilities you can think of?

UNKNOWN I, to make sure that we don’t put any photos of ourself.

UNKNOWN Tell your parents what’s goin’ on on the web.

Ruth Wright Year 6 Teacher

Ruth Wright Yes, that’s right, it’s your responsibility to tell your parents what you’re using online, that’s right, well done. We’re thinking about how they-, they could be exposed to cyberbullying, um, but also how they might end up being part of cyberbullying by passing on other thi-, other information.

UNKNOWN If you respect other people, and their property, so like their pictures, like don’t send them to other people so it gets all around.

NARRATOR The groups feedback their ideas for the class charter.

Ruth Wright What are our rights? What do you think Skyanne?

Skyanne It’s our right to be safe on the internet.

Ruth Wright Let’s put that down.

UNKNOWN To not be forced to do anything you don’t want to do.

UNKNOWN How our parents have a right to know what’s going on.

Ruth Wright Now I want you to start thinking about what your responsibilities are.

UNKNOWN Keep your personal details locked up and to never give anybody any.

UNKNOWN It’s your responsibility to tell an adult and, um, see if they can sort it out.

Ruth Wright I think it’s a good way to um, get the children really thinking about it, and without doing the focus lesson, they don’t really have those kinds of opportunities for discussion. Um, and sharing their ideas with other children.

NARRATOR Charters could also form the basis of a cyber contract, which is signed by every pupil.

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More than a fifth of 10 and 11 year-olds said they did not know how to protect themselves against cyberbullying. Beatbullying Survey, 2008

Beatbullying Childnet International

Finding Support

NARRATOR Support for schools and teachers is readily available from groups such as Beatbullying and Childnet. We asked Childnet’s education manager to highlight some of the action that can be taken to protect children from cyberbullying.

Ellen Furguson Education Manager, Childnet International

Ellen Furguson In terms of resources that teachers can use, um, there is safe to learn that goes into cyberbullying in great detail. Um, what schools can do to prevent cyberbullying, the law that relates to it, and how they can prevent cyberbullying as well. I highly recommend and encouraging your pupils to become a little bit more technical explore the safety features that are available on their favorite services. On the Childnet kid smart website, we’ve got a skill school, where pupils, adults, uh parents or teachers can skill themselves up. They can learn how to block people on MSN, they can also check their privacy settings on social networking sites, so they’re not allowing anonymous people onto their accounts. I’d also really encourage teachers to let their pupils know about the click-clever, click-safe code, which is zip it, block it, flag it. First think that I teach anyone to do if a child is reported bullying via a mobile phone is to tell them they’ve done the right thing, in reporting to them in the first instance. Um, secondly, um, teachers need to be aware of any policies in place in school if they need to, for example, contact the child protection officer. Um, but what we need to make sure that children do if they’re being bullied via mobile phone is to keep hold of the evidence. Um, you know, so they’ve got a record of what’s been happening so that they’re able to show somebody exactly what’s goin’ on. And of course, you know, perhaps uh, a teacher might recommend a child report through to the their, um, their network provider.

NARRATOR Bradon Forest School has been awarded top marks for e-safety after reviewing its policies for an online system designed by the Southwest Group for Learning.

David Wright Head of ICT

David Wright It’s called 360 safe, and what it’s enabled us to do is to really check all the work that we’ve been doing across the board, with our youngsters, with our parents, with our teachers. Really fit the bill. For example, the policy section makes sure that you’ve got a policy that has been developed with a whole school ownership in mind, so everyone is involved.

www.teachers.tv/resource

NARRATOR You can find more resources via the teachers TV website, including dramatizations that you could use as lesson starters in both secondary and primary schools.

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NARRATOR Charters could also form the basis of a cyber contract, which is signed by every pupil.

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More than a fifth of 10 and 11 year-olds said they did not know how to protect themselves against cyberbullying. Beatbullying Survey, 2008

Beatbullying Childnet International

Finding Support

NARRATOR Support for schools and teachers is readily available from groups such as Beatbullying and Childnet. We asked Childnet’s education manager to highlight some of the action that can be taken to protect children from cyberbullying.

Ellen Furguson Education Manager, Childnet International

Cyber-bullying interview

Georgia said:

They ignored me, called me names, sent messages, created a hate website about me, put flyers around the school asking people to join it, and got other people involved. I had a good friend at that time but I guess that all the poison got into her as well, and she started to believe what they were saying and we fell out, and at that point I really had nobody. When this was all going on it made me feel horrible, useless, a lot of time I started to believe what everyone was saying. So when they said I was horrible, I believed it, when they said I didn’t have a place, I believed them. The only thing that I could do and the thing that I felt good doing, was expressing myself through like, either drawing or writing stuff because that was a way that I could get all of my emotions out without anybody finding out, and without anybody getting hurt in the process.

Georgia said:

The next thing that happened was, I went on holiday with the school, and while I was gone my parents had found a couple of diary pages, a big poem written in bright red felted pen, which they couldn’t ignore, and a picture that I drew of a wilted flower, which is how I felt, and then another diary entry about the day when I tried to hang myself. After that my parents got in touch with the school, and I got counseling, some of the bullies got counseling, and they tried to help me boost myself esteem, because I didn’t have any and I was scared of everything and didn’t trust anybody. Bullying effects you emotionally, mentally, you start to hate yourself and think that you are the bad guy, you start to listen to what they say and take it all in and believe it, which is what you shouldn’t do. If it seemed like you’re being bullied, don’t keep it to yourself because you can’t go through it alone, because that’s more painful than being bullied, is actually going through it alone.

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Christopher Cantwell

Christopher Cantwell, of Lytham Road, South Shore, Blackpool, who was 33 at the time of his alleged trolling offence.

Cantwell mistakenly phoned his estranged wife when he was intending to phone his mother. The mistake resulted in Cantwell being made by Blackpool Magistrates to pay £40 costs and a £60 victim surcharge. He was also subject to a curfew 9am until 7pm until 20 February 2013.

Cantwell admitted sending texts to his estranged partner who secured a restraining order against him, but said he had not acted in a menacing or threatening manner to her when he contacted her only six days after it was issued on 11 December 2012.

Cantwell could be considered a chatroom bob, as the text messages he sent his former lover told her than he loved her and asked her to telephone him. There was clearly no intention to be violent to his former sweetheart, or any other e-venging, but from her point of view it was a case of cyberbullying.

Cyber Bullying Stories, What Each and every Guardian Must Know

Cyber Bullying Stories is definitely the repeated harassment of your weaker individual by somebody who’s more powerful. It may be from the type of verbal abuse, bodily abuse, manipulation and coercion, among other kinds. Bullies have been all over for provided that mankind and children is often specifically cruel. Youngsters aren’t born with empathy, nor do they know how to get social unless taught through the grownups all around them. When older people inspire the bullying or worse, just laugh it off, then small children think that the behavior is condoned. Bullying is often everywhere from moderate to significant and might trigger deep depression in some children and can even lead to suicide, sometimes referred to as bullycide, or murder. Jared was one particular baby who was bullied to your position of suicide. He was a 98 lb. sixth grader who was bullied and beaten significantly by a 175 lb. eighth grader. Another little ones who had been all-around did almost nothing to prevent it and the grownups who had been informed about did absolutely nothing to avoid it.

Cyber Bullying Stories – Cyber Bullying Stories can be a particular kind of bullying that’s far more insidious than experience to face bullying. Because of the anonymity that cyber bullies are able to, there are less limitations on their conduct. One particular or maybe more children targets an additional over the internet for that sole purpose of torment, humiliation and embarrassment then spreads the harassment throughout the kid’s faculty and social networks. It’s usually an ongoing marketing campaign, while anyone can develop into a victim on the moment’s observe. This type of bullying needs to be amongst minors, for when an adult gets involved, it will become cyber harassment or cyberstalking. The legal guidelines are vague on this sort of bullying and it truly is frequently challenging to pinpoint the offender.

A lot of children are victims of Cyber Bullying Stories with dire consequences. The initial convicted cyber bully in Terrific Britain received only three months in jail following the the teenager she harassed reported a loss of life risk.

Meagan’s Story – Meagan Meier was a thirteen yr old who, in 2006, hung herself following the mother or father of a classmate posed as a teenage boy who pretended to love her, then turned on her. The mother or father was not held responsible mainly because there have been no state regulations that addressed Cyber Bullying Stories for the time.

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Web Security Software Helps Promote Classroom Management, Resulting in a Safer Learning Environment for Students

Classrooms were designed for structured learning. Such learning takes place through teacher and student interaction, student and student interaction, or independent learning through such learning tools as textbooks, videos, CDs, and computers. Because of internet access and email misuse, computer use in the classroom can be risky business.

Unmonitored computer time can lead to a host of undesirable problems for students, parents, teachers and the entire school administration. In most cases, good classroom management is all it takes to prevent an excellent learning tool from transforming into a dangerous weapon. Web security software helps school administrations promote classroom management, resulting in a safer learning environment for the students.

The Purpose of Classroom Management and How Web Security Software Can Help

Classroom management is critical for providing a safe learning environment for students. Good classroom management promotes high levels of student engaged time and directly affects academic learning. The school administration is ultimately responsible for supplying tools for learning. Teachers, however, must be willing to take responsibility for classroom control. An uncontrolled, undisciplined environment is not conducive to learning. This detrimental atmosphere opens the door to harmful classroom antics and behavioral problems such as cybertrickery and cyberbullying.

There are several strategies that can be used by teachers to promote classroom control and to prevent discipline problems from occurring. Some of these strategies include the following:

  • The preparation and delivery of a definite lesson plan
  • The creation of a friendly, nurturing classroom environment
  • The establishment and execution of appropriate classroom rules and norms
  • The planning and execution of classroom routines
  • The execution of seating arrangements

These positive strategies, although helpful with general classroom control, do not fully circumvent complex problems arising from classroom computer use. IT security software and email security software are the best ways to prevent computer abuse and misuse in the classroom. This type of software can help with classroom management in the following ways:

  • Helps teachers supervise while educating students — software block sites teachers deem as inappropriate
  • Helps guard children’s personal information from outside predators
  • Provides activity reports to alert teachers and parents to students online activity
  • Narrows web access to a small list of predefined web resources for younger surfers

Web Security Software Works with Teachers to Protect the Classroom

Classroom management deems teachers to remain observant even with IT Security Software in place. It would also be wise to keep computers on open display to the entire class. Students are more likely to follow the rules of the classroom concerning computer usage when they know that they are under continuous surveillance. Web Security Software does not take the place of teacher supervision but it does work with the teacher to promote good classroom management.

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Loraine D. is a freelance writer for Pearl Software, Inc., the leader in the development of enterprise-class e-communications monitoring, filtering and control software solutions. Pearl Software’s stand-alone web filtering software puts you in driver’s seat where web browsing, file transfers, news, IM and email monitoring is concerned. For more information on internet monitoring software, visit our website.

Signs your child has been cyberbullied

You may very well remember bullies from the playgrounds–they would use unwarranted verbal and/or physical attacks on other students.  But these days, there’s a new kind of bullying– cyberbullying.

Cyberbullying is the “new bullying.” Since this generation of children are much more in-tuned with technology when it comes to communicating, it makes perfect sense that bullies would utilize technological devices such as computers and cell phones to threaten other teenagers and children.  Just like the classic form of bullying, cyberbullying is intended to hurt, target, or harass another person, just through the means of instant messages, cell phone text messages, emails, social media posts, or any of the other technological means of communication.

The problem continues to grow as children and teens are using technology as their main form of communication.  In fact, according to a research by the Cyberbullying Research Center in 2010, 1 out of 5 children and teens have been victimized by cyberbullying.  As technology continues to become more accessible for the younger generation, it doesn’t take much to figure out that this form of bullying will continue to become a problem for children and teenagers.

But how do you know if your child is a victim of cyberbullying?

  • If your child has always been interested in using the computer for games, research, and socialization, and suddenly shows a lack of interest in using the computer or unexpectedly stops utilizing it altogether, this is a red flag that something has occurred.
  • Watch for signs of your child becoming angry or withdrawn after using the computer.
  • Pay attention to the reaction of your child when an incoming instant message or email comes in.  If they appear uncomfortable or nervous when this occurs, they may be expecting a message from someone who is cyberbullying them.
  • Ask your child often what they are doing on the computer.  You should already be consistently aware of their computer habits, anyway, but if you haven’t been, now is the time to start.  If they avoid talking to you about what they are doing, or you find them constantly closing screens and programs when you walk by or approach, they may be hiding something from you.
  • Be aware of how your child acts when getting ready to go to school.  If they seem very nervous or uneasy about going to school every day, they may be a victim of cyberbullying.  This avoidance of school, events, and other activities that your child used to find enjoyable could be a sign that something is going on.
  • Check with teachers if there are issues concerning your child’s grades or behavior at home or school.  Anger and outbursts can stem from the frustration they may feel and their need to protect themselves.

There can be long-term effects of cyberbullying, both for the bully themselves and for the victim.  The victim could develop low self-esteem, high anxiety, and depression.  In most severe cases, such as the student who was being harassed about coming out as a homosexual, some teenagers will turn to suicide as a “way out” from the constant harassment.  The bully may have a lifetime of self-esteem issues and could take their cyberbullying to another level as an adult–to cyberstalking or cyberharassment. These actions, as adults, are illegal crimes and can result in jail time or fines.

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Sara Haley is a single stay-at-home mom to her daughter, and spends her time working on oDesk and freelance writing her own eBooks. She is the writer for Omaha Moms and Happy Apping, as well as the author of numerous eBooks, including her “How to Make Money on oDesk” series. View some of  her works on teens and parenting at Parent eSource.

Facebook Bullying Stories are All-too-Familiar Today

There are Facebook bullying stories all over the Internet and television today. You can watch news programs like Nancy Grace in the evening and see the faces of young kids who took their own life due to bullying on the Internet as well as through cell phones and in the school hallways. Then you go online and continue to read and hear about more young kids all around the world who have been negatively impacted by online bullying.

There are some new words that have been introduced into our vocabulary because of these new forms of bullying:

  • Cyber Bullying
  • Facebook Bullying
  • Bullycide

No one should be happy for the development of any of these words. It’s true that every generation comes up with their own “cool” terminology, but the terminology being used with our children today is downright scary. These terms speak to the growing trend of kids teasing, threatening, stalking, and even impersonating one another online.

Teasing was bad when it happened during school hours in the hallways, but today kids who are bullied get no relief. They are bullied at school then it follows them home through text messages on their cell phones and messages posted to their Facebook accounts and on other social media accounts they may maintain.

This is why the growing number of Facebook bullying stories is being taken seriously by many government officials. Many states now have laws stating that stalking and harassing someone online is a crime. Many others are set to follow that lead and implement similar laws which will give police the ability to charge bullies for harassing others online.

Yet, even with these laws in place Facebook bullying stories continue to come from across the country and around the world.

One of those Facebook bullying stories was Phoebe Prince, who hung herself in her closet in January, 2010. She was knowingly harassed and teased by other kids in her school, both online and during the school day offline. The town where Phoebe lived was so outraged by her death that a storm of controversy was sparked over whether her Facebook bullies should be publicly announced and criminally charged.

Yet, not all Facebook bullying stories end in suicide. There are some stories of teens and their families fighting back against the bullies for justice. In 2008, a suit was filed by a teenager and his mother against four teenagers who bullied him online. In this case, the teenagers set up a fake Facebook account using the boy’s real name, pictures of the boy, and even his real cell phone number.

On this fake Facebook page the bullies pretended to be their victim and posted comments about homosexual gay acts along with remarks that would be racially offensive to many people. Once the page was discovered by the victim and his mother, there was extreme embarrassment and emotional distress which led to a lawsuit.

Unfortunately, the number of Facebook bullying stories that end in suicide continues to rise. While there are some victims fighting back through the courts and winning with new laws, there continues to be a culture of bullying and stalking working beneath the surface of Facebook and other social networking sites.

Today, hearing that a teenager killed themselves due to Facebook bullying isn’t unheard of or nearly as shocking as it should be. Facebook bullying stories are almost commonplace because they are becoming so common.

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This article was written by Mandy-Jane Clarke of Stop-Bullies.com.