UK education secretary to call for ban on 'video bullying'

Posted: Apr 10 2007, 11:05am CDT | by , in News | Technology News
Updated: Aug 11 2010, 1:28am CDT


UK education secretary to call for ban on 'video bullying'
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Alan Johnson, the UK education secretary, will make a speech today asking YouTube and other online outlets to ban videos that insult or in any other way promote bullying against a specific individual or group.

"Cyber-bullying is cruel and relentless, able to follow a child beyond the school gates and into their homes," it says in his prepared remarks. He goes on to say this also applies to teachers, who are often victims of student-led slander and defamation.Going for the kill, he writes, "I am therefore calling on the providers of these sites to take firmer action to block or remove offensive school videos, in the same way that they have commendably cut pornographic content. By removing the platform, we'll blunt the appeal."

Johnson will make his speech today in front of the National Union of Schoolmasters and Union of Women Teachers conference in Belfast.

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By Eric Raby

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