Fast forward to 2012, and despite all the money thrown at this problem, with schools being trained how to spot victims and youngsters supporting each other in expensive interventions, the problem is worse than ever, although state schools ditched the ridiculous no-blame culture a long time ago.
Why are parents financing these vicious uncaring teens to stalk their victims through every moment of their day, ruining their lives? Who is paying for their internet and phone connections?
Back in 2006 I dealt with up to FOUR suicidal children a DAY. How much worse must it be now?
As I said then… if these bullying incidents were happening in the workplace, the bullies would be prosecuted, but in many cases they were getting off scot-free.
Bullying on the internet is still a scandal
Nothing has changed. Children are still killing themselves because of abuse posted about them online. And what are the police and CPS doing to curb these arrogant harassers whose abuse is downloaded by their victims in the sanctuary of their bedroom where they should feel most safe?
Very little, as far as I can see. Every time I see that a coroner has told parents at an inquest that there is no evidence their child has been bullied at school, I wonder at their naivety.
Bullying UK, which I founded along with @theandroidizen, merged with Parentline Plus in 2010 and the combined charities are now called Family Lives. I stepped down in 2010, with regret, but doing the equivalent of two full time jobs for 11 years was increasingly difficult.
These posters are from the Bullying UK Poster Creator, funded by donations in memory of Ben Vodden, the Sussex schoolboy who killed himself in 2006 after bullying on the school bus. They’re a fantastic resource because youngsters can build their own character and add suitable pre-loaded phrases. Have a go at creating a poster.