ANTI-BULLYING SHOWCASE AT FACEBOOK LONDON

As we now leave the political arena behind…facebook-antibullying2_article_detailOn Wednesday 2nd July 2014, I was lucky to attend an Anti-Bullying Showcase at Facebook London Offices.

During this event, Anti-Bullying Ambassadors from 6 secondary schools across England demonstrated the hard work they were doing to combat bullying online and offline within their schools and communities through visual films of their work – they were joined by a host of special guests and celebrities.

The Showcase began with an introduction from both Simon Milner (Policy Director, UK, Untitled-2Middle East and Africa, Facebook) and Alex Holmes (Anti-Bullying Programme Manager, Diana Award).

This was followed by speeches from special guests, and videos from each of the secondary schools.

Special guests included Jodie Marsh, Bars and Melody, Diversity, Adam Deacon, Will Poulter, Paul Potts, Lucy Kay and Luke Newberry.

The speeches made by these special guests were truly inspiring and reassuring to those being bullied and the Anti-Bullying ambassadors. (Britain’s Got Talent finalists Bars and Melody and Lucy Kay both gave phenomenal performances!)facebook-antibullying_mediumI found out that many schools across the country are taking a stand against bullying.

I was amazed at the innovative and effective ideas that the young people had created. These included mapping the areas of school which the pupils felt safe in, creating an anonymous bullying report website and releasing balloons which each had a tag with the schools’ details so whoever received the balloon could contact them if they were being bullied. Amazingly, they received replies from many different areas including Manchester and Wales.

YoungMinds Vs is giving young people a voice to speak out and demands change on the 5 top issues that worry them the most – bullying, school stress, sexual pressures, unemployment and not being able to get help can stress us out.

More than three-quarters of a million young people believe they have nothing to live for, with jobless youngsters facing “devastating” symptoms of mental illness (Princes Trust, 2014).

YoungMinds Vs is fighting the pressure and has created a mass movement of children and young people campaigning for better mental health and wellbeing.

Sign Jack’s petition now and help schools support victims of bullying long-term.
Written by: Zach Baker via Youngminds
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