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Hate Crime Awareness week, 2016

 Julia from Eastside Community Heritage reports on Hate Crime Awareness week, 2016

It was Hate Crime Awareness Week and we all gathered at Dagenham Library to talk with children, parents and carers about bullying and hate crime. We handed out t-shirt, made badges and shared ideas. Here is our video from the day. We hope you enjoy it.

A message with a smile

Our diverse community is not always well represented in mainstream media. Social media is a low cost way where young people with disabilities can have a voice.

If you want to be a YouTuber, and you have permission from your parents and carers, make sure you stay safe.  

Julia from Eastside reports on the power of vlogging on YouTube

Look at this video by the Mandeville Sisters who live in London.

The Mandeville Sisters are popular YouTubers who talk about all sort things relating to their lives.

Grace Mandeville has a shortened arm.

Listen to her vlog here:

Do you like the humour in this vlog?  It had over 982,072 views. What made this vlog so effective?


The fun in vlogs helps make them so popular. Fun is key to the success of social media. Sociability is how social media works.  It’s the same in real life.  At school,  college or parties people usually make new friends through smiling and good humour. For example,  if you crack a funny joke at a party,  people will laugh and feel good and probably think you are likeable.  This is how it works online as well. Fun is an important part of social media because it helps with likeability. Some people  call it  “positive emotional content”.


Imagine you are a YouTuber.

If people see you smiling and having a good time, they are more likely to “like” your vlog  and “subscribe” to your YouTube channel. This creates engagement. Engagement builds followers.  More followers means a bigger audience.

If your audience is big enough you can attract sponsors. Have a look at the Mandeville Sisters website:  Do you think they may be sponsored or receiving money to show certain products or brands?

If your YouTube Channel is very popular, you can make money from advertising. Creating a video that “goes viral” offers the best chance of building followers and making money. Here is a example of a famous viral video.

Does it make you smile or laugh?

Expensive and hard work

However, the world of being a blogger can be very demanding.

Think about how long it takes to plan, film and create a  vlog. It may take hours and hours to edit a vlog.

Although many YouTube videos look like they are made at home, many young people actually pay others to edit their videos. This can cost of lot of money.  Even videos edited at home can take many hours of work and recording and capturing equipment  is expensive.

For many families, this is a lot of money.

Hate crime and bullying

Vlogging  or YouTubing to the general public means you are open to hate crime and bullying. This can have a very bad effect on your life so you need to think carefully about it in advance.

If you look on the Mandeville Sisters website you will see many positive comments such as “also being in one handed woman, I love this video, totally made my day.” However, people can easily leave negative comments and they can even do so anonymously.

While it’s easy to set privacy settings so that all comments are moderated,  you still need to read them. And trolling – where people deliberately make hurtful and unpleasant comments online – is a common problem for vloggers.

Negative comments, bullying and hate crime can badly affect your self esteem.

How would you keep safe?

Top Tips

Here are my top tips:

  1. Be safe.
    Learn about how to go online and  keep your personal information private and secure. Learn how to block and report hateful comments.   Look after your confidence and resilience. Think about you reputation and how you can look after it. Anything you post now will exist online forever. You may like to restrict the  audience who can see your posts.
  2. Research.
    If you want you be a YouTuber then do your research. Talk to your parents, teachers or carers about what work, time and effort is involved. As part of your research, ask your parents, carers, teachers and friends to help you find YouTubers who will make you laugh, learn and feel good.
  3. Learn.
    Learn social media skills including how to create and upload content in a way that is safe, legal and engaging. These skills may help you in the future at work or further education. Learning about marketing, branding and the laws of copyright.
  4. Be critical.
    Social media can generate money for young people but this is rare and it takes some luck as well as hard work. Don’t believe that everyone is hugely successful. Remember, YouTube is about appearances. And not everyone who appears happy on YouTube is actually leading a good happy life.
  5. Be Creative
    You don’t have to use your own body or self  in order to create a video for YouTube. Look at all sorts of creative ways to send a message. Consider animation for example.
  6. Have fun.
    It should always be fun and uplifting. Don’t let events and interactions that occur on YoutTube make you unhappy. Don’t let you use of Youtube stop you sleeping, exercising, eating well or enjoying the company of your friends and family who live around you.

Enjoy vloggers like the Mandeville Sisters but remember to stay safe.


Julia from Eastside Community Heritage reports on vlogging and a vlogger who is making huge waves online about all things fashion, disability and style.


Vlogging is a great way to send a message to the world. Vlogging is a short way of saying “video blog” or “video log” and lots of young people are becoming vloggers.

Vlogger can be fun and useful.

Many young people are listening to vloggers talk about issues like fashion, music, gaming and politics. People can share ideas and learn from each other.

Many young people are learning great skills about social media, marketing and advocacy by blogging and vlogging. These skills can be used to help young people get a job when they leave school or college.

How to become a vlogger

Anyone who wants to become a vlogger will need the following:

  1. an account with a site like YouTube or Vimeo 
  2. a video camera
  3. computer
  4. access to the Internet
  5. permission from parents and carers

Keep safe as a vlogger

You must always look after your safety if you become a vlogger.

Never give away your personal details like your home address, date of birth or bank details.

Remember, you must be 18 or over to hold an account to a site like YouTube OR you may be able to create an account with your parent’s or carer’s permission.

If you are interested in becoming a blogger or vlogger, then sit down and talk about your ideas your parents and carers.  They can help you choose the best way to work. For example, they may suggest that you check your privacy settings so that only invited guests and friends can see your blogs, or read your blogs.

Think about bullying and hate crime

Finally, remember that lots of people become targets of hate crime and bullying when they write a blog or upload a vlog. Think about how you might handle abuse or bullying should it ever happen.

  • How would you report it?
  • Who would you tell?
  • What would make you feel worried, concerned or threatened?

You can read more about keeping safe online from places like child net, the Anti-Bullying Alliance or the NSPCC .

Make sure you regularly read and learn about keeping safe online because the advice changes as technology changes!

Vlogger: fashioneyesta

Here is a great blogger called Emily.

She vlogs under the name YouTube channel

She says “I use my blog as a place to spread positivity and the message that anything is possible if you want it to be. I love to write about the latest trends, review different makeup, create different makeup and fashion looks and talk about life with a visual impairment and rare endocrine condition called Septo Optic Dysplasia.”


A  Jack Petchy Award for a talented young woman at the AbPhab Youth Club. Ab Phab Deputy Manager, Louise Harris reports:


Georgina receives her award at Ab Phab

Georgina was nominated by her peers at youth club because of her amazing upbeat attitude which was noticed by one member in particularly who said “taking part in sports hall some more and trying really [hard] with the sports.”

Georgina is a firm believer in making sure you give everything your best shot. Members have commented that she inspires them to play more sports in the gym and that an impairment/ disability is no reason to be isolated.

Georgina makes all new members feel at ease and is a great encouragement to others who feel overwhelmed and dishearten by their own disabilities.

The Advisory Partners

Julia from Eastside Community Heritage met with the Advisory Partners. Here is her report.


The Advisory Parters is a self-advocacy group for young people and adults who have a learning disability.

They meet every two weeks in Barking and Dagenham.

They are a very friendly group dedicated to helping people with disabilities.

They review easy read material so  that people with a  learning disability get the right information and support.

They campaign for better, safer and fairer lives for people with disabilities.





How can we make ourselves and everyone else safe? By reporting people who bully.  We have listed some ways to report bullying below. 

There are many different ways to report bullying and hate crime.  We’ve listed some below.

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You can report a hate crime or incident to the police.

You can visit your local Police Station in person.

You can report it to the police online by using the True Vision website  You can ask a friend or carer to help you answer the questions on the site if you need help.

If it is an emergency you can call 999

You can use a website developed by the Police to report hate crime.

The website is called True Vision and you can access the site using this address:

You can report a hate crime using an online form. Here is the link to the firm:

If you need help, a friend or carer can help you fill out the form:

Borough Reporting


You can contact the council in your borough.

Some councils provide information and helpful telephone numbers on their websites.

Some councils have Hate Crime Officers.

Some boroughs have special services or units that deal with Hate Crimes or Hate Incidents.

Reporting Centres


Some people like to work with reporting centres. You can contact a reporting centre by visiting a reporting centre in person or talking to them over the phone.

Places like the Citizens Advice Bureau are reporting centres. Some charities and volunteer organisations are reporting centres as well.

Many people like reporting centres because they think they friendly, understanding and useful.

Reporting Centres work with other people and organisations like the police, schools, councils and  housing associations.



Safer Neighbourhood Board (Dagenham)

Online technologies and the Internet offer a great deal to young people with disabilities. However,  Internet Safety is very important as well. Hayley, Georgina and Julia report. 


Pictured: The MET Police (rear),  Georgina (front left), Hayley (volunteer AbPhab and Eastside Community Heritage), Julia (Eastside Community Heritage) and Anne-Marie Haxel (Safer Neighbourhood Board Officer, Barking and Dagenham)

This month we addressed the Safer Neighbourhood Board meeting and we talked about disability hate crime and bullying.

Julia told the group that  technology was really good for young people  because it helped them stay connected with their world. She said technology and IT skills enabled young people to study, work and participate in activities.

Hayley said that technology was important but we must also teach people how to stay safe online and learn how to report bullying. Hayley told the group about our video project. She said our videos are encourage young people to share their knowledge with other  young people.

Georgina talked about technology and risk. She said that young people with disabilities need, and want, the same chances in life as young people without disabilities. Georgina  said that many parents are worried by online bullying, grooming or stalking so they limit their children from using technology. But Georgina was worried that by limiting their use of the Internet, parents were limiting their children. She said that young people with disabilities need education, training and support so they can use the Internet AND stay safe.

Georgina also said that young people make the best teachers. Young people like to learn from other young people and they share their ideas on places like YouTube or Instagram. She said that many parents and carers could learn from their children and other young people in the community.

Everyone liked our ideas and they clapped at the end of our talk. It was a really wonderful session and we thank the Safer Neighbourhood Board for letting us speak to them.







Online Gaming

Many people like playing games.  Playing a board game at home with friends or family is fun and safe. Playing online is a different matter – you need to think about how to keep safe. Hayley, a volunteer with AbPhab reports.


Playing online games is fun but please make sure you are as safe as possible.


  • Always use a nickname name when you go online. Never use your real name.
  • A lot of people like playing online games that involve talking or chatting to people you don’t know. Be careful about what you say. Don’t tell them things like your real name, address, birthdate or other personal details. And never give out your password. Giving out personal information can put you in danger.
  • If you’re playing a game online, and it has a chat room on it, be careful. People can lie about who they are and where they are.
  • If you are talking to someone on a headset, be aware that they can record your voice.
  • It is safest to talk online to those people who you actually know and see in your everyday life.
  • Never send threatening messages to anyone. You can get into trouble with the police.
  • Always respect the privacy of your friends and treat them with respect
  • If you have children, make sure you look into parental controls. These will help your children remain safe.
  • If you are a child, talk to your parents or carers about controls.
  • Take lots of breaks from online gaming. It’s good for your mind and your body to take a break from screens.
  • Make sure you are having fun. Don’t  let online gaming make you sad or unhappy or make you miss out on other fun things in life.
  • Always report bullying. Report it to the site, your parents or carers or report it to the police. Report bullying so online gaming is safe for everyone.



More and more people with disabilities are using social media to  talk about important issues and share ideas and learning. The team from AbPhab reports on Skype:

Being safe on Skype

Author: AbPhab Youth Club

The older members of the youth group, Ab Phab, worked with the younger members to share ideas about keeping safe.


Disability History Month Fun

Hayley, from AhPhab Youth Club, reports on her day in the office. She is preparing for Disability History Month celebrations at Dagenham Library this Thursday at 430 PM




I am in the office today.

I have been typing and giving my ideas about how to make the event fun for everyone.






DHM Leaflet


The event is taking place at Dagenham Library this Thursday, the 10th of December at 4.30 PM.

Everyone is welcome.

It will be fun.