Beatbullying Safer Internet Day supporter
BeatBullying is the UK's leading bullying prevention charity, creating a world where bullying, violence and harassment are unacceptable. BeatBullying empowers people to understand, recognise, and say no to bullying, violence and harassment by giving them the tools to transform their lives and the lives of their peers. Working with families, schools, and communities to understand the problem, campaign for change and provide a sustainable efficient and proven solution.
BeatBullying has gained significant recognition for it's anti-bullying work in schools and communities across the UK, working with more than 1.6 million children and young people since it's launch in 1999.
BeatBullying run the award winning CyberMentors programme, which is all about young people helping and supporting each other online.
If you're being bullied, or are feeling a bit low, or are maybe troubled by something and you're not sure what to do or who to talk to, then CyberMentors is where you can go for help. It doesn't matter how big or small you think the problem is, or whether you're being targeted online or offline, CyberMentors are here to listen and support you.
The best thing about it is that CyberMentors are young people too. It's never easy talking about bullying, and many young people have told us that they would prefer to speak to another young person if they could. That's why CyberMentors are young people like you, who have been trained and are volunteering their time online to help you. It's still important however, that you talk to your parents or teachers if you can.
Safer Internet Day 2014
BeatBullying is an international bullying prevention charity working and campaigning to make bullying unacceptable, on the ground in the UK and Europe. We believe that no one should endure the pain, fear or isolation of being bullied, and that everyone has the right to be safe from bullying, violence and harassment.
We train young people in schools, colleges and communities to become BB Mentors, giving them the knowledge and tools they need to tackle and prevent bullying. They then support and mentor children and young people, in school and online (via www.beatbullying.org) to ensure they are safe, can report bullying safely, and get the support they need to overcome bullying. Specialist adult advisers and qualified counsellors are on hand to provide expert advice and counselling support, in real-time, to those vulnerable young people who access the website. We also provide training, resources and support for parents and professionals working with young people; helping them to develop strategies to tackle and prevent bullying, and empowering them to take responsibility for doing so.
We raise awareness of bullying in all its forms, and work to shape public policy to protect children and young people. We campaign for real change that will protect children at home, in the playground and in their communities, at a local, national and international level.
What we are doing to create a better internet?
With 81% of young people in the EU now using social networking sites, it’s never been more important that Governments, industry, schools and the charity sector come together to protect children and young people in the online world.
Cyberbullying is something that young people often tell us is one of things that worries them most about being online. And it’s not a problem limited to the UK. Since we launched our online support site in 2009 (previously known as CyberMentors), more than 45% of the traffic to our site has come from outside of the UK, and around one in every five visits to the site (15.6%) is from mainland Europe.
For years we’ve supported young people all over the world, everywhere from Uruguay to the Phillippines, but we know that many haven’t been able to access our support because it’s only been available in English. Which is why to mark Safer Internet Day 2014, BeatBullying is launching its online support site www.BeatBullying.org in seven new languages – Greek, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, Polish, Czech and Romanian. That potentially offers more that 15.7 million young people access to support and advice in their native languages.
We recongnise that bullying is a borderless problem, and particularly with the rise in popularity of social networking sites and smartphones, it’s something that every country in Europe urgently needs to tackle. Initiatives like Safer Internet Day are an important step towards establishing a more integrated approach to tackling cyberbullying – to ensure that no more children are left to fall through the gaps in responsibility.