On the back of Q3 Academy’s Young Enterprise team winning a special recognition award for their anti bullying campaign idea, and after incredibly insightful recent talks with the Police Force, Childline and other organisations committed to ending bullying and crime levels within schools, we are pleased to announce the development, with advice directly gathered from these and other organisations, of elements within all creative modules we deliver that will investigate and analyse why bullying exists and how it can be tackled.
Special attention is also being given over the following weeks to develop stand alone, character-based creative modules where pupils can create virtual characters who interact with bullies, and learn coping and self-esteem raising strategies especially where “Cyber- Bullying” is concerned.
In an article on the BBC’s Live News Internet channel, Schools Secretary Ed Balls said cyber bullying had grown with technology and changes in society.
He added “”Cyber-bullying is a particularly insidious type of bullying as it can follow young people wherever they go…We now have an advanced approach to cyber bullying, thanks in no small part to the co-operation with the industry, teaching unions and charities.”
The guide being sent out to schools in England says Cyber bullying can be an extension of face-to-face bullying, “with technology providing the bully with another route to harass their target”.
Among the new guidance are tips for drawing up anti-bullying policies to cover cyber bullying, how to have offensive or malicious material removed from websites, and advice on confiscating equipment used in bullying, such as mobile phones.
At Easy Art Pro we are pleased to be working parallel with Government led initiatives to tackle issues like this that can disrupt a person’s education or feeling of safety.
Watch this space for more information about the new modules available for schools; new information will be posted as soon as it is available.
(Quotes from the BBC’s online article above have been selected from a fuller conversation held with Schools Secretary Ed Balls, to read the whole article please visit http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/7005389.stm)
Richard Allport 2011