The Thames Valley Police force is set to launch a new scheme under which police officers will monitor Facebook to curb cyber-bullying of school students.
The scheme, which will be trialled in Reading, will see police officers linking up with with teenage volunteers to identify and track Facebook bullies. According to the police Reading alone has seen sixty facebook-related crimes over the past three months.
The Facebook offenders will be sent a message by the police, warning them of the consequences if they continue to bully school students. The police will also contact the offenders' parents and let them know about their child's online activities.
The main aim behind the scheme is to make bullies realise how serious their offence and warn them about the legal consequences. The police hopes that this will cut down cyber-bullying. If the trial is successful in Reading then the scheme will be tried in other areas.
Police Constable Dave Thomas told The Telegraph, “By sending a police warning notice on Facebook, students will be made aware they could be prosecuted. We are aiming to nip the problem in the bud and prevent it becoming something more serious.”
Cyber-bullying has been said to be a factor in a number of teen suicides in the past few years.