Pupils at Mayville High School in Portsmouth learn how to tackle cyberbullying

(l-r) Tracy Baldwin, Children's Social Care at Portsmouth City Council with Tazmin Khan (13) and Nathan Milburn (13).''Picture: Sarah Standing (150186-5763)
(l-r) Tracy Baldwin, Children's Social Care at Portsmouth City Council with Tazmin Khan (13) and Nathan Milburn (13).''Picture: Sarah Standing (150186-5763)

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children at Mayville High School were given vital tools in how to tackle cyberbullying.

In a bid to get pupils to understand the dangers of technology, workshops were put on for all years to learn different skills.

PHSE co-ordinator at the school Emmanuelle Higgins organised the activity day.

She said: ‘We decided to do it because we wanted to give the children the opportunity to understand the issues of bullying on the internet.’

Pupils learnt social skills, team building and how to report bullying of any kind.

Some were given the opportunity to learn how to make a friendship quilt, knitting and sewing.

‘These activities were aimed to get children working together and promote wellbeing throughout the school,’ said Emmanuelle.

It was hoped that the pupils would enjoy learning how to work as a team and discover what to do if they are worried about bullying.

During the day, pupils in Year 9 were given a talk from e-safety officer Tracy Baldwin.

She told them how easy it is to get drawn into the problem and how to deal with it.

Casey Stevenson, 13, a pupil at Mayville said: ‘It was interesting to find out about cyberbullying. I learnt a lot from the whole day.

‘I did have some questions about the danger of the internet but they were all answered.’

The aim was also to inform the children of who they needed to go to if they 
have a problem with harassment.

Year 9 pupil at the school Brandon Senior, 14, said: ‘I found it very informative.

‘I was glad to see that Portsmouth City Council and other organisations have ways to help.’

Other pupils were given the task to design an app and create a video to help conquer cyberbulling and explore the issues related to the problem.

Mrs Higgins said: ‘The students were all so shocked about the issue.

‘They did not realise what some people go through when they are being bullied.’

The school wanted to highlight that the problem is not the problem but it is the attitude towards the problem.

It hoped that this would change the attitudes of pupils.

‘We gave children a chance to do something different and disconnect them from their phones for a whole day,’ said Mrs Higgins

Mayville will be holding another day to get pupils interested and involved in politics before this year’s general election.