Battling the bullies...online

Cyber mentors at St Catherines Catholic High School, Holmfield, with Joel Adebayo (front right) and Jesse Jumbo (back right) from Beat Bullying
Cyber mentors at St Catherines Catholic High School, Holmfield, with Joel Adebayo (front right) and Jesse Jumbo (back right) from Beat Bullying
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A CALDERDALE school is leading the fight against cyber-bullying.

Thirty students at St Catherine’s Catholic High School are among the first in the country to become CyberMentors.

The scheme, run by bullying prevention charity Beatbullying, has youngsters providing help to their peers via the internet.

Patricia Sheard, headteacher said: “Everyone at St Catherine’s is incredibly proud of our students who have become CyberMentors.

“We take bullying very seriously and believe Beatbullying’s CyberMentors is an invaluable extension of school-based strategies.

“Young people are more tech-savvy than ever and more than 40 per cent of young people say they would actively seek advice online from their peers. I see it as our responsbility to recognise and enable this.”

The pupils, aged between 11 and 16, had to go through a five-stage training programme before before being able to volunteer as CyberMentors.

If a problem is identified as serious it is referred to Beatbullying’s cyber counsellors who then provide back up for the mentors.

Emma Jane Cross, chief executive of Beatbullying said: “CyberMentors 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 the past seven years.”

For more information visit the CyberMentors website at www.cybermentors.org.uk or go to www.beatbullying.org

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