Fidest – Agenzia giornalistica/press agency

Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 34 n° 316

Europe’s biggest ever anti bullying campaign launched as research reveals

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 11 dicembre 2013

Europeans feel their governments are not doing enough to tackle bullying.

Press room of the European Commission inside t...

Press room of the European Commission inside the Berlaymont building, Brussels. Taken on EU open day 2007. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 More than 7 in 10 European citizens believe their government is not doing enough to tackle bullying in schools and even more believe not enough is being done to tackle cyberbullying*, research from BeatBullying, Europe’s largest anti-bullying NGO, reveals today.The research comes as BeatBullying teams up with the #DeleteCyberbullying project to launch Europe’s biggest anti bullying campaign; The Big March. The innovative digital protest march is funded by the European Commission, and aims to protect European children from bullying and cyberbullying, and will see avatars created by millions of European children, parents, teachers and celebrities march across websites in March 2014.Part of the DeleteCyberbullying campaign, The Big March is an alliance of major European brands and NGOs, including Google, YouTube, Disney, Moshi Monsters, Stardoll, the Safer Internet Network, European Youth Forum, Erasmus Student Network, among hundreds of others.The campaign is also supported by a number of European celebrities, including the UK X-Factor winners Little Mix, German hearthrob Jimi Blue, Germany’s Next Top Model winner Barbara Meier and Belgian popstar Ian Thomas.The Big March calls for pan-European action on bullying across all levels of society:
● The EU institutions are being asked to observe an awareness day against bullying in Europe
● and to introduce new laws to protect the right of European children to go online without fear of being bullied or harassed.
● through a directive to tackle online bullying across member states which includes a framework for cross-border cooperation and intervention
● Governments of member states are being asked to promote the issue of bullying up the EU agenda and implement the EU anti-bullying strategy in full, including the Laws introduced in the new directive
● Local Government and Schools are being asked to review their approach to cyberbullying to ensure children and young people have the protections and support they deserve
● Citizens are being asked to demand politicians take action by supporting The Big March, and to take personal responsibility and reporting negative online behaviour wherever they see it.

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