A former victim of bullying, who, in his hour of need turned to a help website to deal with the pain of his school life, has created an online resource to help teachers spot the signs in schools.
Fixer Devan Witter (16) doesn’t believe teachers are always aware when someone is being bullied and hopes his website will help encourage earlier intervention.
The teenager from Market Weighton says his Fixers project is inspired by his own experiences of speaking to an after-school virtual mentor as a way of dealing with the abuse.
Now, working voluntarily as a mentor for other victims of bullying on the BeatBullying website, he explains how crucial the help was and how it inspired him to make a change.
‘School was horrible at times, so this was like a ray of hope for me. It was a chance to speak to someone who understood how I was feeling,’ Devan explains.
‘It’s strange now being on the other side, listening to other people’s stories - but I know what they’re going through.’
His website, Advice For Teachers, offers guidance around the issue of bullying as well as suggestions for teachers on how to deal with bullying among students and what to do when it happens.
‘At school, I realised the teachers didn’t really know what was going on and it was for this reason I decided to work with Fixers on a website that would help others who may be in a similar position as I was,’ adds Devan.
‘I was really keen to do this because from my own experiences, I’ve seen there are many anti-bullying websites out there, but there’s nothing really for teachers.'
The Fixer aims to make the website available in as many schools as possible so less people will have to face bullying alone.
Devan says: ‘My message to other victims is speak to someone about what’s going on and remember there is always help out there.’
You can visit the website by clicking the link to the left.