Angus young people working together to prevent online bullying 

Published on Wednesday 12 December 2018

A joint anti-bullying campaign with Angus Council, NSPCC Scotland and respectme has been launched this week at Old Panbride School, Carnoustie.

The partnership will especially focus on online bullying and aims to raise awareness of issues faced by children like receiving abusive messages and will help to educate young people, parents and practitioners on how to take the steps to prevent them.

Through a series of workshops and focus groups the partnership will explore how online bullying affects children and young people across Angus.

The workshops will be led, designed and delivered by young people in Angus alongside support from NSPCC Scotland and respectme. 

Children and Learning Convener, Councillor Derek Wann said: “I am delighted to see Angus is taking the lead to address online bullying. 

“As we come to the end of The Year of the Young People, I’m delighted to see another example of our fantastic young people showing great leadership on this really important issue. 

“Whether bullying is happening online or in the real world, it is vitally important that young people who are experiencing bullying can talk to someone they trust. Online bullying has changed the landscape and we need a strategy to bring all partners together to work in partnership and it is only right that this is led by our young people. 

“I look forward to hearing more about the work of the partnership and to read their report in April.”

In 2017/2018 alone the NSPCC’s Childline service delivered 19,681 counselling sessions across the UK on bullying, the most common reason for children aged under 11 to contact Childline.

Local campaigns manager for NSPCC Scotland Carla Malseed said: “Evidence from Childline shows us that online bullying is having a substantial negative impact on children and young people today.

“This campaign is an opportunity for us to learn more about the experience of young people in Scotland, and how adults can better support them.

“Young people are the experts in their own experience and the strength of this work is that it will be led by young people. NSPCC Scotland are thankful to respectme and Angus Council for helping with this vital campaign that aims to put a stop to online bullying.”

Katie Ferguson, Director of respectme, Scotland's anti-bullying service added: "This innovative campaign will see the young people of Angus leading the way on issue that affects the lives of too many young people in Scotland - online bullying. 

Their experiences and views will be at the heart of the solutions taken forward to help promote respect and positive relationships. respectme is delighted to be part of this partnership alongside Angus Council and NSPCC Scotland."

Any children concerned about bullying can contact Childline 24-7, 365 days a year by phoning 0800 1111 or by going to their website