Bully film sent to Prime Minister
PUBLISHED: 12:20 10 February 2006 | UPDATED: 21:40 28 May 2010
YOUNGSTERS who have spent more than a year making a moving film about bullying have taken their message right to the top. They have sent a copy of Talk About It! to the Prime Minister. And they hope the film will be used in schools and colleges throughou
YOUNGSTERS who have spent more than a year making a moving film about bullying have taken their message right to the top.
They have sent a copy of Talk About It! to the Prime Minister.
And they hope the film will be used in schools and colleges throughout Cambridgeshire as a starting point for discussions on the issues surrounding bullying.
Talk About It! is a short film for children made by children.
It has been created by youngsters belonging to Crazycats - the Chatteris based performing arts group.
Kate Johnson, who runs the weekly Crazycats sessions at Cromwell Community College, says it was the youngsters who came up with the idea of sending the film to Tony Blair.
She said: "I asked them if they wanted to send it to someone important. They said people in the Government make decisions about children all the time so we should send it to the Prime Minister."
After initial brainstorming sessions, the youngsters put their ideas into action, filming at the college and on location. Some of the youngsters taking part had themselves been victims of bullying.
In the film the youngsters explore what bullying is, how being bullied can make you feel, and what to do if you find yourself being bullied.
Different scenarios are explored and at the end of the film contact numbers are given for Childline and the NSPCC.
The film was made on CD using equipment bought with a grant from the Cambridgeshire branch of the Local Network fund - a national fund for children and young people administered by Cambridgeshire Acre.
Kate added: "We have also sent a copy of it to Shire Hall at Cambridge and we hope it can be used in schools as a jumping off point.
"Youngsters will be able to watch it and then talk about their own experiences.