At The National Bullying Helpline e-CRIME is our ‘label’ for all anti-social behaviour using technology, writes Christine Pratt, Founder of The National Bullying Helpline.
We include trolling, mobbing, cyber-bullying, cyber-stalking, child exploitation over the net, cyber fraud, e-theft, identity fraud and even industrial espionage over the internet. e-CRIME is simply any form of attack or abuse using technology, including Social Media sites such as Ask.fm, Facebook and Twitter. e-CRIME affects us all, adults and children alike.
On 16 August I spoke on LBC Radio about the sad suicide of 17 year old Daniel Perry due to on-line bullying, and we also heard about the suicide of 14 year old Hanna Smith who was abused on Ask.fm. Two years ago we saw the suicide of 15 year old Natasha McBride due to cyber-bullying — and there are many, many, more. Is your child safe?
Just what is OFCOM (the Regulator of electronic communications) doing about this ‘epic’ and vile anti-social behaviour?
May I refer you to Section 128 of the Communications Act which addresses the persistent misuse of networks and services. OFCOM has the teeth, and the power, and the means to help us here. Under Section 135 information requests; they are able to serve ‘persistent misuse notices’ and tell the criminals to behave or be cut off! OFCOM could provide the means to bring about change – and tougher laws even. We need to explore this further.
David Cameron urges us to boycott ‘vile’ websites. Let’s go a step further. Let’s Lobby for e-CRIME Legislation or an ACT that partners The Harassment Act. This will never completely stop internet hate-crime but it may act as a deterrent and may even save lives. Do you want to join forces with us and campaign for tougher laws on all forms of e-CRIME?