November 22, 2004

Radio One help launch anti-bullying drive

bullying_main1.jpg DJs and Pop stars are joining forces with the Government and the Anti-Bullying Alliance to launch the first ever Anti-Bullying Week.

BBC Radio One will spearhead a new Beat Bullying campaign with on-air messages in the coming week encouraging listeners to visit its One Life website.

People can wear a special anti-bullying wristband to show that they are determined together to 'beat bullying' and support friends who are being targeted.

Famous musicians, sports stars and celebrities will also read lines from a poem written by a victim of bullying for broadcast on national television as part of the campaign. Schools will also be urged to sign up to an anti-bullying Charter for Action.

Schools Minister Stephen Twigg said it is crucial that children who are being bullied know that they are not alone.

The Anti-Bullying Alliance of over 50 organisations is also running events across the country. They aim to develop new approaches to tackling bullying such as using text messaging to report bullying incidents and schemes where young people can support each other.

[via 10 Downing Street and

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