In 2006, 69% of children reported being bullied in the UK. This does not take into account for those who never reported it or are over the age of 18. Researchers predict that the actual percent is much higher.
T he AdoleSENSE team; Millie, Faye and Corey are three college leavers who have been working with the BB3 creating documentaries particularly aimed at issues that stand out to teenagers. I was honored when they agreed to meet me earlier this week to discuss their latest project.
The article will take place as an interview in a question and answer form The Q will stand for question and the A will stand for answer
Q You must be excited, your first showing of a documentary is just over a week away but tell me, why bullying?
A Bullying is something people are aware of already right? so why are people so scared to talk about it! It happens to near enough everyone at some stage of their lives and we wanted to make the bullies aware of how it can emotionally effect somebody for the rest of their lives.
Q To get the bullies to realize you must have something up your sleeves?
A We don’t really want to give too much away, we want it to be a surprise but we are talking to a lot of experts who actually see the effects of how it can damage somebody. Toward the end of the documentary as well we’ve also got a very special boy from St Alpheges School, Solihull who will be accompanied by his mother discussing what they went through. To be fair most of you probably will remember him.
A A specialist media, you will probably be thinking well what’s somebody involved in the media got to do with bullying. You see since the rapid growth of technology and nearly every child having access to the internet, using social networking sites such as; twitter and face book, the bully now has access to them 24 / 7 and there’s no stopping it.
Q What kind of things will you be exploring in the documentary?
A A little bit of everything to be fair, cyber bullying the main subject as that is the modern form of bullying. But we will be looking at work place bullying, sexual harassment, suicide and self harm, racism and stereotypes, pretty much everything will be covered.