A group of 12 teens have undertaken a summer film project to attack the issue of bullying, including cyber bullying.
The summer camp, hosted by the Family Resource Centre, had teens writing and producing several public service announcements that will be used to educate peers on how they should respond to bullying. The final videos will be used in local schools.
The teens created their own screenplays and videos and discussed the different roles people play in bullying. In creating their own scripts and editing their own videos, they got a helping hand from a CITN reporter and a private producer who assisted them with tips on filming and editing.
Student Jennifer Robinson spoke about the reality of cyber bullying in school, saying that although you can’t really see it, you know it is there, but usually happens behind closed doors – or rather, behind computer or phone screens.
Her advice to others is taking a stand if you see bullying happening. If it gets out of hand, talk to friends and others about it.
Miles Ruby, programme facilitator for the project, said she thinks the students learned a lot. “They talked about bullying and the different outlets to bring awareness to bullying. The children know it is their hands and to not be silent bystanders as it send a message to the bully that it is okay.”
Ms Miles thinks the information gained will be used to educate peers on how they should respond to bullying. “They know what they can do if they see someone being bullied,” she said.
The teens created their own screenplays and videos on bullying and discussed the different roles people play in bullying.