‘A guide to Anti-Bullying activism on Facebook’ launched

‘A guide to Anti-Bullying activism on Facebook’ launched
Kodaline. Photography: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

Jedward, Kodaline, Fresh Re, Danny O’Carroll put their weight behind Anti-Bullying showcase event hosted by Facebook Dublin

A star-studded showcase event on Tuesday 26 April 2016, hosted by Facebook, highlighted some of the best peer-led Anti-Bullying practice taking place in schools across the Republic and Northern Ireland. Many of these young people have experienced bullying themselves and are now actively tackling bullying both online and offline with outstanding results.

This is the third year running for this Dublin event and last year’s film can be seen here:

The day saw the launch of The Diana Award ‘A Guide to Anti-Bullying Activism on Facebook’.

This online resource, developed by young Diana Award Anti-Bullying ambassadors and the safety team at Facebook in Dublin, shows how educators and campaigners can use Facebook pages to raise awareness of bullying and provide support to young people www.facebook.antibullyingpro.com

The Diana Award was set up for young people in memory of Princess Diana. Her sons The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry support the award.

Jedward, Diana Award Anti-Bullying Ambassadors said: “We’re so proud to be supporting the amazing work of all the Irish Diana Anti-Bullying Ambassadors. We know from our own experience that bullying can be incredibly damaging and it’s important that young people come together to end its harmful effects.”

‘A guide to Anti-Bullying activism on Facebook’ launched
Jedward. Photo: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie

Tessy Ojo, CEO, Diana Award said: “We are incredibly proud to be celebrating the work that young people in Ireland are doing to make their communities safer and delighted to be partnering with Facebook.

“We believe that young people are key to changing their communities. The perception that bullying both online and offline is part of growing up is wrong and the Diana Award understands that early intervention is critical in the prevention of bullying behavior.

“This is why we are delighted that the Diana Award Anti-Bullying Ambassadors Programme places children at the heart of this preventative work.”

Julie de Bailliencourt, Head of Safety Policy, EMEA, said: “The safety of young people on Facebook is our most important responsibility and we work with a coalition of partners to ensure that we offer the tools and resources to protect our community.

“The Anti-Bullying Ambassadors Programme is an important initiative and we’re honoured to celebrate the work of these inspiring young people today. Bullying isn’t acceptable online or offline and we have worked with the Diana Award since 2010 to help empower young people to stand up to bullying.

“The launch of the Diana Award’s ‘Guide to Anti-Bullying Activism on Facebook’ will better enable young people, teachers and parents to help raise awareness and combat bullying.”

This event saw over 100 young people from schools across the country attend, with a showcase highlighting in particular the work of four schools including; Malone College in Belfast, Mount Sackville in Dublin, Cellbridge Community College and Robertstown National School in Co. Kildare

In attendance:
· Jedward, singers and performers.
· Kodaline, Irish Rock band.
· Fresh Ré- Dublin teenage band who are social media viral success story.
· Danny O’Carroll, Mrs Brown’s Boys.
· Two teenagers from both NI and ROI who have experienced and tackled bullying – both receiving Princess

Diana Awards
· Joe McHugh, T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht Affairs and the

Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources
· Dr James Reilly TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs
· Julie de Bailliencourt, Facebook Ireland
· The Diana Award CEO Tessy Ojo

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