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BullyingOnline

Bullying Online is a UK charity founded in 1999 by journalist Liz Carnell and her son John. The charity's website was redesigned and relaunched in 2006 with a large amount of new information to help pupils, parents and schools deal with bullying.

WebsiteEdit

The website contains detailed advice on a large variety of topics. Pupils can find help on dealing with violence and name calling, homophobia, racism, hi-tech bullying like happy slapping, text bullying by phone and abusive websites, self harm, falling out with friends, bullying on the school bus and walk to school, body language, how to help someone being bullied and moving to a new school. There is also advice for pupils who are bullies.

Parents can find help on taking a complaint through the education system, from the classroom teacher, head teacher or principal, governors, LEA (Local Education Authority) and DfES (Department for Education and Skills). There are sections for parents dealing with hi-tech bullying, including abusive internet website postings, racism, bullying in independent or private schools, bullying out of school, moving a child to a new school, access to pupil records, teacher bullying and legal action. A well-used part of the website is the section containing letters for parents to copy out to start a complaint to a school.

The schools' section has been expanded recently and includes advice on dealing with bullying victims, bullies and parents and ideas for school projects. There is a large section about bullying in sport. The sections include information and advice for school ancillary workers like teaching assistants, dinner ladies and school nurses.

Help is given by email through the contact section of the website and leaflets and posters are also available to schools, police forces, health trusts and youth organisations.They help people with bully problems like getting egged or shot with [[fake orbb pellets from these bullys.

AwardsEdit

Bullying Online has won many national awards, including the Daily Mirror Pride of Britain Award 2005,[1] the St George's Day Modern Hero Award 2006,[2] the Big Issue Big Difference Award 2004,[3] the Digital Inclusion category in SustainIT's 2003 National eWell-Being Awards,[4] and the regional finals of the National E-Commerce Awards in 2002[5] and 2003.[6] The charity was also a finalist in the Guardian Charity Awards 2004[7] and 2005,[8] and highly commended in the Camelot Oyster Awards 2002,[8] ITV's Britain on the Move Awards 2005,[How to reference and link to summary or text] the Broadband Britain Challenge 2003[8] and the New Statesman/BT New Media Awards 2001.[9]

Public profile Edit

The charity has a high public profile, and was mentioned by Phil Willis MP in the UK Parliament as being in the vanguard of anti-bullying work.[10] It has also been featured widely in the UK national media, particularly in newspapers like the Daily Mirror,[11] BBC,[12] The Times[13] and The Independent.[14]

The charity has been an outspoken critic of government anti-bullying work,[15] including the taxpayers' funding of the controversial Anti-Bullying Alliance.[16] Director Liz Carnell is a regular contributor to TV and radio debates on school bullying and also writes for the national media like the Times Educational Supplement on school bullying issues.[17]

In January 2006 the charity launched The National Bullying Survey 2006. More than 8,000 people have completed one of four sections of the survey, for parents, pupils, teachers and older people who were bullied at school. The survey is now closed, and the results will be announced in November 2006.

FundingEdit

Bullying Online provides a free service. Recent funders have included Simplyhealth, GE Money and Royal Mail. Individuals and schools are encouraged to carry out fundraising to support the charity’s work.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Pride of Britain Awards 2005 - The Winners - 2005. URL accessed on 2006-06-25.
  2. Nominate your Local Hero. URL accessed on 2006-06-25.
  3. includeonly>"Award for sub-editor who makes a 'Big Difference'", HoldTheFrontPage.co.uk, 2004-4-7. Retrieved on 2006-06-25.
  4. eWell Being Awards - 2003. URL accessed on 2006-06-25.
  5. ecommerce-awards - past winners 2002. URL accessed on 2006-06-25.
  6. includeonly>Liza Ramrayka. "Children's theatre scoops charity internet award", Guardian Unlimited, 2002-07-04. Retrieved on 2006-06-25.
  7. smartchange - Guardian Charity Awards 2003: Shortlisted Entries. URL accessed on 2006-06-25.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 About Media Contacts Press TV radio Bullying Online The UK's #1 Bullying Resource. URL accessed on 2006-08-31.
  9. Bullying resource bids for award: Regional Journalism in the UK on the Internet. www.HoldTheFrontPage.co.uk. URL accessed on 2006-06-24.
  10. House of Commons Hansard Debates for 13 Dec 2004 (pt 5). URL accessed on 2006-06-25.
  11. includeonly>"The Bullies Can't Hurt Laura Any More", The Mirror, 2006-01-09. Retrieved on 2006-06-25.
  12. includeonly>"Bully 'unsuitable theme' for game", BBC News, 2005-10-10. Retrieved on 2006-06-25.
  13. includeonly>Geraldine Hackett and Ed Habershon, Sally Jones. "School bullies target pupil weblogs", The Sunday Times, 2005-12-04. Retrieved on 2006-06-25.
  14. includeonly>"Bullying: 'She was in tears every day'", The Independent, 2005-08-11. Retrieved on 2006-06-25.
  15. includeonly>Ned Temko. "Anti-bullying protests force policy U-turn", The Observer, 2005-08-28. Retrieved on 2006-06-25.
  16. includeonly>Lucy Ward. "Losing the plot", The Guardian, 2005-05-17. Retrieved on 2006-06-25.
  17. includeonly>Liz Carnell. "How to beat 'em", Times Educational Supplement, 2005-03-11. Retrieved on 2006-06-25.

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