pupils raise concerns over school gossip website
have this week been raised about a social networking website on
which pupils at Highbridge's King Alfred School are making offensive
comments about each other and staff.
'Little Gossip' website allows people to post offensive comments,
which users can then rate as true or false.
concerned parent has contacted Burnham-On-Sea.com to say pupils
are suffering "homophobic, racist and sexist abuse"
on the site and she wants it removed and shut down.
website has been running since November 2010 and is based overseas,
making it difficult for parents, pupils or teachers to take action.
County Council spokeswoman Elizabeth Kulh told Burnham-On-Sea.com
this week: "The Council is concerned that the website allows
and encourages unattributed comments to be made which could be
harmful or hurtful to individuals concerned. In the Councils
view, this does not promote responsible behaviour or good relations
between students and the comments posted will be drawn to the
attention of the head teacher."
site's founders say it was launched "to encourage deep, meaningful
Emma-Jane Cross, from the Beatbullying group, said: "This
site in question is particularly worrying as it seems to have
the sole purpose of identifying and victimising vulnerable young
is unacceptable not only from the point of view of child protection,
given that childrens locations and schools are listed on
the site, but also as yet another example of the prevalence of
cyber bullying in our society."