Princess Diana Award

“The Diana Award Anti-Bullying Campaign has teamed up with Vodafone to create Be Strong Online, a new programme to help students explore the digital world.

These brand new resources will cover everything from cyberbullying, gaming and selfies to privacy, apps and social networking. Be Strong Online uses a peer-to-peer approach to empower students and enable them to share knowledge about the digital world with younger students.

The first module in Be Strong Online covers cyberbullying: what it means to be emotionally resilient, supporting friends who may be being cyberbullied, and what it means to be an 'upstander' to bullying. This short, introductory module provides the opportunity for older students to raise awareness of the issue of cyberbullying to younger students, signpost sources of support, and encourage positive online behaviour.

By running Be Strong Online in your school or youth group, you can help students develop a number of skills including public speaking, presentation, and leadership.”

A group of 16 students all went down to a school in London last week to complete a workshop run by the Princess Diana Legacy. Two representatives from the charity gave us a range of activities and ideas to complete and to run in our own schools. It was all about staying safe online and how to tackle cyberbullying. During the course of the day, ambassadors from each school were chosen to work closely with the charity, conducting various activities for the pupils in schools.

I am the ‘Be Strong Online Embassador Lead’ for Sharnbrook Academy. We have got access to the school’s anti-bullying Facebook page and will be posting updates on our progress throughout the year; we are also looking to create an updated video all about staying safe online.

Written by Amy Tyley

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