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INSPIRATIONAL YOUNG PEOPLE RECOGNISED FOR THEIR WORK AT ANTI-BULLYING SHOWCASE EVENT

The Diana Award’s Head Of Anti-Bullying, Katie Wilmore, explains how a Showcase event is recognising the anti-bullying work of young people across the country.

11 July 2019

At The Diana Award we believe that young people have the power to change the world. That belief is what powers our Anti-Bullying Ambassadors Programme: we equip young people with the skills, confidence and knowledge to stand up to bullying in their schools, communities and online.

This week, we highlighted the achievements of Anti-Bullying Ambassadors at an exciting Anti-Bullying Showcase event hosted by Facebook. Since receiving their Anti-Bullying Ambassador training, these inspirational young people have been working tirelessly to raise awareness of anti-bullying and to provide support to their peers online and offline.

Their work was highlighted at a star-studded event hosted at Facebook’s London HQ, as new research highlights how crucial it is to tackle bullying in schools.

Students are trained as Anti-Bullying Ambassadors through Diana Award training, run across the country.

Our survey of over 1000 young people aged 11-16 from The Diana Award reveals that over half (60%) of young people have experienced bullying in school, and 30% have experienced bullying online. The survey also revealed that bullying remains a concern for young people, with over half of young people (53%) saying that they are worried about experiencing bullying online.

The research reinforced the need for peer-to-peer anti-bullying support in schools. Almost half (49%) of online bullying starts offline, with the majority of cases (78%) starting in school before migrating online. When it comes to seeking support, the majority (67%) of young people find it easier talking about online issues with someone who is close to their own age than with a teacher.

“These findings tell us a lot about how young people feel about bullying. They tell us that online bullying is a cause for concern for young people; when online bullying is experienced it is likely to originate within the school gates; and young people need the support of their peers.”

This is why we believe it is so important to take a peer-led approach to tackling and preventing bullying. Young people and their responsible adults leave our training with a deeper understanding of what bullying is and how to identify it, as well as increased confidence to work with the whole school community to tackle all forms of bullying, online and offline.

Four schools were recognised for their hard work in the months following the training:

  • Highfield Leadership Academy – Blackpool
  • King’s High School for Girls- Warwickshire
  • The Joseph Whitaker School – Nottingham
  • Glasgow Academy Prep School

These Anti-Bullying Ambassadors are at the start of their anti-bullying journey, with some only having been trained this year. We know it takes time and persistence to change attitudes and shape behaviours around bullying, so we know that by keeping up their amazing work they will be able to make a positive impact long into the future.

Congratulations to all four Showcase schools!

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