February 27th, 2011

Simple advice

Posted in The Job - General by 200

So Thames Valley Police are to go proactive on Facebook with cyber-bullies. Apparently, they’re going to start messaging people reported to them as bullies advising them that they are very naughty & must stop it at once.

I hope the scheme works, Facebook complaints account for about a squillion reports a day in our force area. The amount of time we waste dealing with people who sit around on their arses all day threatening one another over Facebook rather than spending that time going out to look for a bloody job is incredible.

Most of these problems can be solved by the following methods:

1) block the person saying horrible things about you,

2) don’t go trawling round horrible people’s Facebook accounts,

3) get a life.

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  1. Oscar says:

    You are being so negative with people’s free will to do whatever they want! How can you think that doing all of those things you mentioned will make them (gasp!) actually happy?
    I think you are trying to oppress the normal people minding their own businesses with your totalitarian mentality.
    Or something like that, heh.

    February 27th, 2011 at 23:43

  2. the_leander says:

    I had a facebook account a while back, but deleted it after getting hit by a drive-by virus install on a friends computer.

    The advice is sound and I wish more people throughout the non tech communities out there would repeat it. I mean it’s not as though it’s even all that difficult to block someone these days.

    Then again there are those few genuine cases where there really does need to be reporting, but, meh who knows…

    February 28th, 2011 at 08:52

  3. Stonehead says:

    Is bullying going to be defined in the same way as racism, then? If any complainant says it’s bullying, then it is? And the police will intervene on the side of the complainant? I can see serious flaws with that approach.

    Our sons, both primary age, already know that the fastest way to get at someone in the playground is to tell a teacher another pupil is a bully, a racist or both. My wife’s students—she’s a secondary teacher—are very adept at playing those cards against both students and staff.

    Vexatiously reporting someone to the authorities, for bullying, racism or anything else, is bullying in itself.

    I’d like to see the scheme work, but suspect it will quickly be used as bullying tool in itself.

    February 28th, 2011 at 13:19

  4. Jimbob says:

    Good points Stonehead but I suspect it’s just designed to catch those cases of which don’t meet the threshold of harassment but which are nonetheless brought to our attention. I much prefer 200′s advice but in this litigious society we seem to have to record everything we do. And what better to deflect an IPCC investigator when someone commits suicide after a nasty Facebook message than us being able to prove we did something. That’s the bosses mentality.

    February 28th, 2011 at 13:41

  5. Fee says:

    Genuine bullying is an awful thing for anyone to go through, but too many people are just too sensitive. A girl in my daughter’s class complained because a boy pointed out she has big feet. That was it, just a statement, “your feet are bigger than mine!”. One off, no offense meant. They’re 17 for goodness sake, not 7, but she complained to the school, and her mother backed her up. My girl got dragged in as a witness, and the whole thing was blown completely out of proportion. The end result is that all the kids are now afraid to say a single word to this girl, for fear of being the next one accused of ‘bullying’ her.

    February 28th, 2011 at 15:54

  6. Civ_In_The_City says:

    Stonehead aaid “Is bullying going to be defined in the same way as racism, then? If any complainant says it’s bullying, then it is?”

    Too bloody true it will. Ageism, sexism, gayism, not-a-fan-of-strictly-ism. There will be no end to it.

    In fact what we have these days is “if you think it`s a crime, regardless of the facts, common-sense, or 1000 years of law, then it IS a crime and you can beat the shit out of the police service and sue them for a million quid if they disagree and don`t put every officer they have available on investigating it.”

    And ACPO types get a bonus for referring themselves to the IPCC in the fastest time.

    February 28th, 2011 at 18:44

  7. Plodnomore says:

    My nephew, a probationer PC, had to deal with one of these bullying jobs. In interview, the offender said that he had been drunk at the time. My nephew was bollocked by his Sgt for referring to the job as an “Off Your Face Book” incident. Nice to know you can still have a laugh in today’s Police.

    March 1st, 2011 at 12:00

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