Safeguarding data insight into violent language being used by pupils

A disturbing insight into the increasingly violent bullying language being used by school children has been revealed by new online safeguarding data.

Terms used by children online and captured by school safeguarding software reveal a trend toward violence in bullying language, including threats and encouragement toward suicide.

Some of the common language being used includes “GKS”, which stands for “go kill yourself”, and several variations on this theme, including: “Just kill yourself.” This language is often used by pupils – of both primary and secondary age – in personal attacks.

The terms have been revealed by safeguarding software provider Impero and are included in the latest update to its keyword library index.

Other common key words from the library include references to rape – "r8pe" – insults of a sexual nature, abusive terms including “abortion gone wrong” and “melt”, and appearance-related bullying including a number of insults about weight.

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