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Students from Fareham College are joining thousands of youngsters around the UK who've trained up to be CyberMentors as part of the Beatbullying scheme.
Twenty, 13 to 17 year olds will receive specialist training from Beatbullying staff at Fareham College designed to enable young people to help and support their peers with any bullying issue, whether on or off-line, within the safe environment of the CyberMentors.org.uk website.
The pupils will have to pass a five-stage training course before being able to volunteer as a CyberMentor.
Beatbullying launched CyberMentors.org.uk in 2009 as the first nationwide peer-to-peer mentoring service that harnesses the power of social networking for good and features many celebrity ambassadors and supporters, including Aston Merrygold from JLS and Pixie Lott.
Since its launch, over 1.5 million children and young people have visited the CyberMentors.org.uk site to seek help, support and advice for bullying issues and other wellbeing issues too. Beatbullying hopes that their continual training around the UK will encourage more schools, and young people, to sign up and join the army of CyberMentors nationwide to help others their own age through the mentoring program.
Nigel Duncan, Principal of Fareham College, said:
“Everyone at Fareham’s College is incredibly proud of its students who have become CyberMentors. At Fareham College we take bullying very seriously and believe Beatbullying’s CyberMentors.org.uk is an invaluable extension of our anti-bullying strategies. It has also enabled us to work in partnership with local schools and youth organisations to increase the number of CyberMentors across the community.
“Young people these days spend a great deal of time online and I see it as our responsibility to recognise and respond to this by embracing online bullying prevention schemes. We’re thrilled that so many of our students are now volunteering and would encourage other schools and colleges across the country to sign up to become CyberMentors.”
Emma Jane Cross, CEO of Beatbullying, said:
“It is fantastic that students from Fareham are volunteering to provide support and guidance to other young people, both locally and across the country, in a bid to tackle bullying.
“CyberMentors.org.uk forms a crucial part of our ongoing battle to stamp out bullying and is the direct result of feedback given by the young people we have worked with across the country for over a decade. Young people are more tech-savvy than ever and over 60% say they would actively seek advice online from their peers – Beatbullying’s CyberMentors.org.uk is an ideal platform to enable this.”
CyberMentors.org.uk offers advice and support, but in severe cases where someone could be in immediate danger, refers problems to a Beatbullying counsellor who will take appropriate action.
For more information, visit www.cybermentors.org.uk or www.beatbullying.org