Writhlington School in new move to tackle online bullying
Students at Writhlington School will be trained to help to stamp out bullying.
Young people aged from 11 to 17 at the Radstock school took part in the charity BeatBullying’s intense two-day mentoring programme.
They received specialist training from BeatBullying staff, designed to enable young people to help and support their peers with any bullying issue, whether on or off-line.
Headteacher Mark Everett said it was particularly important to the school to be able to tackle online bullying happening on social media networks.
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He said: “At Writhlington we have zero tolerance of bullying and no child should made to feel unhappy or unsafe. I believe we have the structures in place to prevent bullying but in the technology era, it is clear that cyber bullying from a number of sources does have an impact on students nationally.
“As the school is at the forefront in the use of ICT nationally we believe that it is important to develop within our young people the skills and strategies to seek support when they are victims of cyber bullying.
"We will be using the experience that we are developing now to support other schools in the area which may not be as advanced as us in the use of ICT.”
The Queen’s Silver Jubilee Trust has provided a grant to enable BeatBullying to train 2,500 young people as mentors over the course of this year.
The new mentors from Writhington will join thousands of existing BeatBullying trained mentors in providing support to their peers and becoming anti-bullying advocates in their communities.
Emma Jane Cross, founder of BeatBullying, said: “It is fantastic that students from Writhlington School are volunteering to provide support and guidance to other young people,, in a bid to tackle bullying.”
For more information, visit www.beatbullying.org