CYBER-BULLYING shouldn’t happen to anyone – and older children helped get the vital message through to younger ones.
About 150 young people from primary and secondary schools across Kirklees took part in activities designed to educate them about bullying, including ‘cyber-bullying’ at Kirklees Anti-Bullying Conference at the Galpharm Stadium.
Cyber-bullying is when the internet, mobile phones or other devices are used to send or post text or images intended to hurt or embarrass another person.
Primary school children, including youngsters from St Patrick’s Primary School, Birkby, received presentations and took part in workshops prepared by pupils from Colne Valley High School and Westborough High School, Dewsbury.
The event, organised by Kirklees Young People’s Services (KYPS), included talks by NSPCC Shield Project which provides services for young people who sexually harm others to help them to change their behaviour.
West Yorkshire Police and Barnardo’s Missing Project, which helps young people who go missing from home, spoke at the event which took place as part of National Anti-Bullying Week.
Nine-year-old Mairi McGowan, of St Patrick’s Primary School, said: “I liked it a lot.
“I thought it was good at stopping cyber-bullying. I found it very helpful.
“Bullying is not a very nice thing.”
Schoolmate Alfie Connor, nine, added: “I feel I have learned some important things and I have learned confidence and good manners.”
Sa’ad Dalal, Talha Shaikh and Saaba Rashid, all 13, from Westborough High School, organised activities for the younger children, including an anti-bullying collage.
Saaba, from Dewsbury, said: “It doesn’t matter what race you are, what colour you are and where you’re from – you are equal.
“It’s important to share the message about cyber-bullying – it shouldn’t happen to anyone.”
Sa’ad, from Dewsbury, added: “I have enjoyed the work today. I was kind of nervous but we had to be confident.
“The children were really good.”