What can I do if my child's assault has been put online?
Report it to the police. A video of this nature captures a criminal assault and can be used to prosecute or gain a restraining order. Yes, you can get a restraining order against a child over the age of 10. Although, the police may be reluctant to do so.
There are a number of offences involved. The first is assault, the second is harassment if the pictures are shown around and uploaded to the internet and it may also be against telecommunications law.
Videos or pictures of people being hit or bullied are very upsetting. The victim feels humiliated that the bullying is being broadcast for all to see which adds to their torment.
Sometimes this videos are referred to as "Happy Slapping". This is where an assailant or group of assailants bully, abuse or torture victims and record the incident on their camera phones. These images may then be circulated via mobile phones and posted on the internet on sites like You Tube and Facebook.
If you or a friend have been a victim contact on Childline and they will advise you how to get the material removed.