Cyber-bullying has to stop, Caerleon girl, 12, tells city schools
10:10pm Thursday 14th March 2013 in News
A 12-YEAR-OLD girl volunteering as an ambassador for an anti-bullying charity visits Newport schools to educate youngsters on the dangers of cyber-bullying.
Caitlin Brockway, 12, from Royal Oak, won an Argus competition to become an ambassador for charity BulliesOut last year.
The Young Ambassador Programme aims to highlight anti-bullying issues and concerns and to educate and inspire young people to engage in their local community.
As part of her role, the Caerleon Comprehensive pupil visits schools and talks to younger children about bullying.
She recently met the mayor of Newport, Councillor John Guy, to talk about the work she does.
She said: “The mayor was really interested in the work I’ve been doing, and said he was very proud.
“Over the past few months I’ve been meeting children fromall over Newport, listening to their stories and concerns about being bullied.
“Nearly all the children I’ve talked to have been cyberbullied, and it seems to be getting worse.
“It’s now affecting younger children. They are telling me they have been sent nasty text messages and have been upset by comments posted on internet sites.
“It seems to us ambassadors that the children behind their computer screens just aren’t thinking about the harm these comments can do, and the feelings the recipients are left with.
“The message I spread when I visit these schools is: How would you feel if those messages were sent to you?
Would it upset your mum or dad if they knew you were sending those messages? And just because you think it, does it need to be said?
“The overall message is it’s not cool to bully, it’s just cruel.
“If we all start to think a bit more, maybe we can put an end to cyber-bullying and this will help the children of our city.”
The BulliesOut scheme aims to raise awareness and offer education and support to groups and individuals.
For more information visit bulliesout.com