Mrs Spenser said cyber abuse was different to face-to-face bullying, which normally took the form of repeated harassment through insults or physical aggression. She said a ‘one-off’ incident online could have much bigger repercussions.
‘A nasty remark that gains 100 “likes” from friends or others is devastating, the sheer volume of response can be amazing.
‘What’s worse is that children feel a compulsion to keep looking online 24/7,’ she added.In short, they deem themselves unable to do what any sensible person would do - switch off.
And rather than teach them this, as a result, she's calling for a new criminal offence of 'cyber bullying' to be created.
But why would a psychologist's researcher think that she was qualified to make suggestions for the justice system?
Mrs Spenser, who is a magistrate, said she would like to see cyber bullying become a criminal offence.Ah.