Research has shown that almost 1 in 5 young people have experienced repetitive and ongoing bullying online and almost 2 in 5 young people have experienced hurtful ‘banter’ online.
Our specialist member group The Anti Bullying Alliance were asked by The Royal Foundation to join a unique taskforce. Working on behalf of the Duke of Cambridge, the group were asked to help reduce cyberbullying and create a more positive online environment.
As well as The Anti Bullying Alliance, the taskforce included a number of charities, social media companies like Snapchat, Twitter and Facebook and content providers like BBC worked alongside. The group will look to develop an up-to-date resource providing practical support, advice and information as well as help for parents to better understand the issues.
National Children Bureau and Anti Bullying Alliance believe young people have a fundamental right to speak out against these issues and be the ones to create the solutions. We therefore put forward a group of Young NCB members to attend the various taskforce meetings.
They attended sessions at Sky News and YouTube with the aim of agreeing a code of conduct for internet use amongst young people. Each team came up with various ideas and then voted for their favourite one.
The taskforce created, ‘It’s a 2 way Streak’, a code which includes guidelines and actions that focus on positive behaviours all internet users should adopt.
The code asks young people to:
• Be respectful;
• Be supportive
• Help us to be safe
• Trust us!
To help promote this code and their ideas they produced a video called, Face2Face, which urges other young people to consider whether they would be willing to say the same hurtful online comments in person.
The group will look at ways to take these ideas forward and disseminate the code to young people around the country