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Posted On: 18th Jul 2013

Uniting Against Cyberbullies

Young people making the anti-cyberbullying banner at event
Photographs from Fixers banner
Lead Fixers Aoife, Carys and Jamie with the banner

With the help of more than 50 young people from across Northern Ireland, a group of Armagh Fixers have created a special anti-cyber bullying banner, colourfully capturing their thoughts on the issue.

 

The banner was created at an event held on 28th June in Derrynoose, which brought together youth council members from up and down the country.

 

Fixer Jamie Donnelly (16) of Armagh Youth Council says the team’s aim was to get youth talking about cyber-bullying through a workshop.

  

'It was a great day and was different to anything we'd done before,' says Jamie. 

 

‘The turnout was fantastic - giving a chance for people to come together and increase their understanding of internet safety.

 

‘This is a theme with young people today and we want to make more individuals aware of the potential dangers online.’

 

The anti-cyber bullying banner created at the event includes young people’s insights on the issue in various formats.

 

‘It’s a giant patchwork of pictures, comments and drawings,’ says Jamie.

 

‘It’s going to be used by youth councils around Northern Ireland to spread the message wider.’

 

Fellow Fixer Aoife Clarke (16) adds: ‘It’s amazing just how easily anyone can see your private information through social media.  

 

‘I know several people who have been bullied through social media and it’s not nice.

 

‘Hopefully our event has made people realise the extent of the problem. I know that I’ve gained so much from it and I’m sure others have too.’

 

To see some highlights from the event, watch the video above.

Author: N. Farooq

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