Cyber bullying has become far worse than ever before. It has taken many lives due to suicide and has become more and more complicated. But now, over 1,500 schools in the UK are using new software to detect dangerous phrases.
The new coded messages that kids are sending each other may be the first clue to parents that their children are self – harming, being bullied or groomed online, or even driven to suicide.
Teenagers and predators alike are using their own language and acronyms on Facebook and other social networking sites to keep conversations secret.
Some of these acronyms include ‘Dirl’, meaning ‘die in real life’ and used by cyber – bullies to urge victims to kill themselves, and ‘Gnoc’, meaning ‘getting naked on camera’, used to lure young people into getting undressed.
Over 1,500 schools across the UK are using new software to sort out the dangerous phrases. When a warning sign is detected, a pop – up alert is displayed on the teacher’s screen.
Jonathan Valentine, of software house Impero, said: “You hear all these horror stories of children being bullied and then committing suicide. This will, hopefully, detect it early enough for us to intervene.”