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University of Bedfordshire develops new guidance to prevent online harassment

Researchers from the University of Bedfordshire have developed new guidance to help universities prevent and respond to online harassment of staff and students.

It comes as new figures show 99 per cent of 16- 24-year old’s use social media at least weekly and 69 per cent admit being abusive to another person online.

New figures show 99 per cent of 16- 24-year old’s use social media at least weekly Credit: PA images

Dr Emma Short, Director of the National Centre for Cyberstalking Research and a Reader in Cyberpsychology said: “Universities should not assume that students always recognise abusive online behaviour or feel equipped to respond to it.

There is a clear responsibility to safeguard students both from abuse, and the perpetration of abuse through a lack of awareness.”

The new guidance found that making reporting more accessible and regularly reviewing policies could prevent forms of online harassment.

“The Bedfordshire Cyber Awareness Programme was designed to create a positive culture change, aiming to achieve an increase in understanding about what constitutes unacceptable online behaviour and promote a greater preparedness to seek help when encountering it."

– Dr Emma Short, NCCR