Portsmouth pupil writes anti-cyberbullying song

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A SCHOOLBOY has become the talk of the classroom after writing a song to try to combat cyberbullying.

Jake Daraz is a Year 4 pupil at Langstone Junior School in Copnor.

143513_BULLYING_17/12/14''(l-r) Vicky Daraz, Jake Daraz and Chris Pitt. ''Jake Daraz was given a musical project at school.  The task was to create a film, song or video about cyberbullying. He got the highest marks in the school for his work.''Picture: Allan Hutchings (143513-113) PPP-141217-213141001

143513_BULLYING_17/12/14''(l-r) Vicky Daraz, Jake Daraz and Chris Pitt. ''Jake Daraz was given a musical project at school. The task was to create a film, song or video about cyberbullying. He got the highest marks in the school for his work.''Picture: Allan Hutchings (143513-113) PPP-141217-213141001

The eight-year-old received the highest marks in the school for his musical entry to a national anti-cyberbullying competition.

The song – Switch It Off Together – was written and composed by Jake and his uncle.

Since the school played his song in assembly, Jake has gained celebrity status in the classroom, signing autographs for his friends.

Jake said: ‘I was a little bit nervous before they played it in assembly, but the school really liked it.

‘Everyone had it stuck in their heads and asked me to play it again.’

The project was part of a national anti-bullying song competition for schools by Internet Matters, in which students were asked to create a film, song or video about cyberbullying.

Jake’s uncle Chris Pitt said his nephew came up with the lyrics.

‘We ended up with a song that was all his ideas,’ said Mr Pitt. ‘I just pressed record.

‘I’m very proud of Jake. It’s a big accolade for him from the school. He put in a lot of hard work.

‘I’d say it’s definitely boosted Jake’s confidence, and also his standing with his classmates. He was a star.’

Year 4 teacher Natasha Bellamy said: ‘I’m so happy for Jake, as he put so much more effort in to this piece of work.

‘His homework always stands out, but for this piece he went above and beyond the task set to make this such a fantastic piece of work.’

Ms Bellamy said that cyberbullying is a growing issue, but for pupils of this age, the focus is more on educating them about internet safety, than on tackling an already existing problem.

Jake explained how he made his song: ‘My mum and I printed information about cyberbullying and I used a pen to highlight all the strong words. I used the strong words to make my song.

‘Then I went to my uncle Chris.

‘He has got loads of musical equipment and recording stuff. I stamped my feet and clapped my hands to make the beat. I hummed to make the background harmony. I played some keys on the piano. Then I did my lyrics, and I had to wear headphones.’

Asked about the future, Jake said: ‘I would like to write more songs. Maybe next time I’ll do a rap.’