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The Children’s Commissioner for England Professor Sir Albert Aynsley-Green has praised a DVD produced by Peterborough City Council’s young people’s office and young people to tackle bullying.

In a letter to the young people’s office Sir Albert admitted he had been a victim of bullies when he was at school.

He said he fully supported the DVD which he felt would be a useful tool for teachers, schools and other people working with young people.

 Anti bullying DVD

The DVD contains three-and-a half-hours of clips of children and young people giving their views on the impact of bullying.

The clips are from interviews recorded by roving reporters from the young people’s office who spent last year’s Anti-Bullying Week speaking to youngsters from city primary and secondary schools, youth clubs and Peterborough Regional College.

Children and young people were asked three questions: does bullying change people’s lives; how would you stop bullying and have you ever been bullied. Their answers have been condensed into two and three minute clips. The DVD also contains singing, rapping and drama performances.

Sir Albert said: “I would like to congratulate you on producing this DVD which will be a great resource for tackling bullying.

“Children and young people regularly tell me about the huge impact of bullying on their lives and those of their friends in school, at home and in their neighbourhoods.

“I know from my own experience of being bullied at school how hurtful it can be. Your DVD will encourage adults and children to come together to focus on defeating bullying.

“We must support children and young people to have the confidence to speak out against bullies and help teachers, schools and those working with children and young people to have the tools to identify bullying and take action to stop it.

“I fully support this DVD which I am sure will also help children and young people to respect themselves and others and work towards a future where no-one suffers at the hands of bullies. I wish you every success.”

The DVD also impressed the Anti-Bullying Alliance and now staff, volunteers and youngsters from the young people’s office have now been asked to take part in the first ever World International Anti-bullying Festival in Weston super Mare in Somerset on Monday 20 November and Tuesday 21 November.

Peter Rouncefield, a curriculum specialist youth worker for Peterborough City Council’s youth service who runs the young people’s office, said: “The DVD is a really useful resource for everyone who works with children and young people from teachers to youth workers because it gives them the tools to start a discussion within their own environment.

“It is also a very good resource because it has material that can used with children and young people of all ages.”

Peterborough City Council’s children’s services staff, schools, and children and young people have organised a range of activities to mark Anti-Bullying Week 2006 (20-24 November.)

In Peterborough, staff from children’s services will be pedalling for pledges. A team of staff and some students will be cycling around all Peterborough schools to collect their signed anti-bullying charters which.

There will also be a Say No To Bullying display in Central Library, Broadway, Peterborough and the Town Hall in Bridge Street, Peterborough.

Many schools will also be taking part in Blue Friday on 24 November –when pupils and school staff are urged to wear blue to show their commitment to stopping bullying.

November 2006




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