Bully Watch London is another, no doubt worthy scheme, which is using CCTV surveillance metaphors in its creepy advertising campaign with posters at London Underground stations etc.
Why is the crowd of bystanders with their heads replaced by CCTV cameras just passively and voyeuristically snooping on the presumed bullying incident in the middle of the school playground ?
What sort of NuLabour Orwellian newspeak is the word "Bullywatch" anyway ? Even their logo uses an amended CCTV camera warning sign image:
However, there is no evidence whatsoever that CCTV surveillance cameras have any positive impact on bullying at all. If the Police do not have the resources to look through CCTV footage for minor incidents, then who else does ?
Maybe the idea is to promote CCTV surveillance in schools, perhaps over the internet. Who has access to such images of children ? Camera control room operators, all the technical staff at an internet service provider, parents of other children apart your own ? Have they all been properly vetted via the Criminal Records Bureau ?
As the Londonist blog points out:
Let's hope they don't click into the growed up section where bystanders are advised to...erm...stand by:Always stay safe do not intervene in physical bullying or incidents on the street.
The website also includes a long and detailed online Bullying Report Form , through which bullying is meant to be reported, which asks for all sorts of personal details, but which does not protect them via an encrypted SSL/TLS session.
e,g, the question "WAS THE PERSON BEING BULLIED PHYSICALLY HURT?" has drop down options:
- yes, slightly
- yes, bruised
- yes, cut
- yes, beaten up
- yes, stabbed
We are slightly surprised that the "creatives" who came up with the design for this website do not seem to have yet included an option to upload Mobile Phone "happy slapping" videos
This Bully Watch London website is "A joint initiative between Beatbullying, City Hall, Transport for London and the Association of London Government". The website design looks stylistically similar to www.london.gov.uk.
We are therefore reminded of their similarly oppressive"(In)Secure Beneath the Watchful Eyes" poster.
Hat tip to The Reverend Rat for spotting this Bully Watch London poster.