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Enfield to 'lead the way' in defeating cyber-bullying
Enfield is hoping to “lead the way” in combating cyber-bullying after an awareness meeting last week.
The event on Friday at the Dugdale Centre in London Road, Enfield gave parents, teachers and children the chance to learn about the dangers of cyber-bullying and how it can be beaten.
Co-hosted by Loving Social Media (LSM) and community group Love your Doorstep (LYDS), members of the Enfield police and Enfield North MP Nick de Bois attended the event as the borough looks to the defeat cyber-bullying.
Mr de Bois said: “This scheme hasn’t come from any authority or central government, it has come from the people of Enfield and that’s what makes this so good; it’s wonderful to see Enfield people trying to solve a quite horrific problem.
“I think we can lead the way and I am championing new methods on how to tackling cyber-bullying in Enfield.”
LSM has teamed up with LYDS and will be looking to target parents on how to help their children against cyber-bullying as well as teaching children in schools about social media.
One speaker at the event, Narise Joyram, 15, had experienced cyber-bullying or trolling and spoke of her involvement in the new initiative.
She said: “Predators online are taking advantage and trying to expose people’s vulnerability, it is happening in thousands of homes every day. It was very difficult for me to tell anyone about it and I don’t think everyone knows there is support out there.
“It is a pleasure to use my own experience to inspire others that there is help out there and I hope I can be a good voice for the program in Enfield and raise awareness for young people in schools across the borough.”
Gary Kousoulou of LSM said: “We are only just scratching the surface with cyber-bullying and we hope to take this into schools and get them on to social websites.
“The problem is that parents are ten steps behind their children on this when they used to be ten steps ahead, America is miles ahead when it comes to this issue. There are six or seven signs that a child is being bullied and we want to do workshops with parents to educate them.”
LYDS’ Emma Rigby said: “Our three main target areas are teachers, parents and children, to try and educate the people of Enfield about cyber-bullying and want to team up with schools to combat this national problem.
“Social media classes to parents are an essential part of our strategy, their children could be getting bullying sitting next to them in their home and they would have no idea it is happening.
"We hope Enfield can become the leader in this field and we hope to have the full backing of the community.”
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