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Blogging is a great way to motivate children to write, share ideas and improve their literacy, but most commercial blogging software is unsuitable for an educational environment. ShareIT was developed by YHGfL specifically for member schools, teachers and pupils. With a ShareIT blog you can post photographs, videos, animations and podcasts, so it is the […]Click to read more →
- Embed a cyberbullying policy into their schools existing anti-bullying and behaviour policy.
- Choose curriculum resources to fit in with their PHSE, Citizenship, IT schemes of work.
- Enable delegates to train other staff on issues related to cyberbulling.
- Look at how national schemes can have a positive impact in their school.
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iRelate is a new Department for Education backed website from Relate – the UK’s largest provider of counselling to young people. The site includes information and support for children and young people who are facing relationship difficulties. They have also developed a dedicated Live Chat channel where young people can speak to a Counsellor and get support in real time. They can customise this area for your school or service, giving you an easy but effective way to arrange a tailored package of counselling to support your students and service users.
The BBC has launched an online resouce through its WebWise site to help parents understand about the consequences of their children sharing too much information online. The ‘Share Take Care’ sight has a number of online resources including a simple guide to Facebook, Twitter and Blackberry Messenger. There is also a video with Meera Syal who talks about her own experiences of her daughter being cyberbullied.
The site can be accessed here: Share Take Care
Show Racism the Red Card’s competition is an accessible and engaging way to encourage pupils to think about issues surrounding racism. There are multiple categories for ages ranging from Year One of Primary School through to Secondary School Year Eleven.
The competition is designed to be a great follow-on activity to working with SRtRC educational resources in the classroom.
Young people are free to produce work with an anti-racism theme in any medium. The categories are artwork, creative writing, film and music. All work is welcome!
Schools must send in no more that one entry per category, per school. The categories are:
- Year 1-4 Artwork and Creative Writing
- Year 5-6 Artwork
- Year 5-6 Creative Writing
- Year 7-9 Artwork
- Year 7-9 Creative Writing
- Year 10+ Artwork & Creative Writing
- Special Educational Needs Artwork & Creative Writing
- All Ages & Abilities Multi-Media (this category includes all film, animation, drama, dance, PowerPoint, music entries etc.)
Register your school by e-mail gav(at)theredcard.org, no later than 2nd March 2012 and Send your school’s entry in each category you want to enter to SRtRC by 23rd March 2012.
Show Racism the Red Card site has loads of ideas on how to fight racism, and resources about its work which ranges from events with football clubs all over the country, running competitions for schools and producing DVDs where players and young people speak about their experiences of and views on racism.
Visit the site HERE
Have you tried out the new eSafeguarding MOT to test your school? Why not download it today to check your schools progress.
For further information why not contact a member of the YHGfL eSafeguarding Team on contact(at)yhgfl.net to have a free eSafeguarding consultation.
To mark the start of Anti-Bullying Week 2012, Beatbullying is mobilising hundreds of thousands of young people from around the world, together with celebrities, politicians, charities, businesses and communities to launch The Big March 2012, the world’s first global virtual march for children’s rights.
Beatbullying is calling for people around the world to support The Big March 2012, which will take place on January 31st 2012: from Manchester to Mumbai, from Naples to New Orleans, from Jerusalem to Johannesburg, and from Budapest to Brasilia.
Predicted to last up to two days, the march will culminate with the delivery of a petition to the United Nations Building in New York; asking the United Nations to explicitly enshrine ‘bullying’ in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). This will help to protect children all over the world from the pain and distress of bullying and harassment. If successful, it will be the first time that the Convention has been updated in over 10 years.
Governments and world leaders who have ratified the Convention are bound to it by international law and are therefore obliged to introduce and implement measures and legislation which serve to protect children. The addition of ‘bullying’ to the UNCRC will give weight and legitimacy to the demands of children, families, schools, and communities who want to build a world where bullying is unacceptable.
The Big March 2012, builds on the success of 2010′s award-winning campaign that saw a million parents, teachers, young people, celebrities and MPs sign up to support the UK campaign. Beatbullying delivered a petition to a virtual 10 Downing Street, asking for the Government to protect children and young people from all forms of bullying and harassment. It resulted in an offline deputation with Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, where Beatbullying delivered its recommendations.
With over 135,000 supporters already signed up to The Big March 2012, including celebrities as diverse as Twiggy, Sir Michael Parkinson, Jedward, top girl band The Saturdays as well as Beatbullying ambassadors Pixie Lott and Aston Merrygold, Beatbullying anticipates over two million avatars, all representing actual protesters, taking the world wide web by storm by the time the march commences in January.
UK brands and charities such as Nominet Trust, Barry M, Robinson Fruit Shoot, Orange and Girlguiding UK have already been joined by global organisations, including Facebook, Universal Music, Stardoll and Habbo, with Beatbullying anticipating the support of numerous more international brands, business and third sector groups to allow The Big March 2012 to make a stand on their websites next year.
With more corporate, charity and celebrity partners set to be announced, organisations interested in partnering with The Big March 2012, can get involved by contacting the charity directly on 0208 771 3377/ hello(at)beatbullying.org, and those who want to create their own avatar to join the march on the 31st January 2012, can sign up at www.beatbullying.org/bigmarch
Why not sign up your school as part of Anti-bullying week?
As part of Anti-Bullying Week 2011 (November 14-18), YHGfL has put together a useful webpage of links to resources around the web. The theme for the this year’s event is; ‘Stop and think – Words can hurt’.
We have focused on providing some useful information about bullying on social networking sites and have given some practical advice on support that is available if someone is being cyberbullied. The site is available here:
YHGfL is also taking part in a live radio event at New Pastures School, Bridlington with John Stead from the NSPCC. This is happening on Tuesday, 15th November from 10am-11.30am and you can listen to it between these times at: http://streaming.planetwideradio.com/newpastureradio
If you cannot listen live to the broadcast, then you can download it at a later date from:
If you are involved in any event or you know of anything that is taking place locally, please send me any information that I can pass onto the Anti-Bullying Alliance, so they can evaluate the impact of the week in schools.
The Autumn term 2011 edition of ShareIT is now available for download from the YHGfL website. Inside you can read about innovative use of ICT in our region’s schools, YHGfL conferences and online events, eSafeguarding and new online resources.
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You can also download the .pdf directly to your smart phone by scanning the QR code below:
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Sylvia Lancaster set up the Sophie Lancaster Foundation after her daughter was attacked and murdered by a group of young people. The actions behind this were solely down to the fact that Sophie was different. She and her boyfriend (who was also attacked but survived) wore different clothes and liked ‘alternative’ music.
The theme of Anti-Bullying Week 2010 is to ‘take action together’ and for everyone to make a pledge to report bullying. The Sophie Lancaster Foundation have commissioned a short animation called ‘Dark Angel’ which could be used as a resource for Key Stage 3-5 for Anti-Bullying Week. It is a short, powerful and emotional film which can be used in an assembly or lesson to discuss issues centered around accepting peoples difference whether it be the way they dress or the music they listen to.
‘Dark Angel’ can be viewed at: http://www.sophielancasterfoundation.com/