Category Archives: Bullying

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.


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.”


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.







Buses and bullying

Hayley, Andre, Shannon, Georgina, Leigh and friends talked about bullying on buses.  We wrote this article to help anyone who uses buses and trains and worries about bullying.

Bullying and hate crime can happen on a bus when you travel to your home or school, college and work.

Bullying can happen late at night or during the day.

Some young people worry that they may be called bad names, teased or punched.

Some people worry that their phones may be taken.

Some people worry about their freedom pass being stolen because it’s worth a lot of money.

Some young people worry that they are more likely to be bullied on a bus than in other places like a classroom.

Everyone has a right to be safe when they use a bus or train.

Everyone has a right to use transport so they can enjoy life and do things like shop or go to school or meet friends.

There are things you can do to make sure you are safe as possible on a bus or train.

Here are some of our suggestions:

1. Plan ahead.


Think about what you will do if someone bullies you.

Think about who you will tell and how you will respond.

2. Keep numbers with you.

Ibrihim-Texting-1_1024x1024Carry telephone numbers with you and use them. Keep helpful numbers in your telephone or in a diary.  For example, you can keep numbers for the police, your parents or carers or help lines.

Make sure your phone is always charged.

3. Report it.

Tell_driver_1024x1024Report it to someone like parents, carers, teachers or the police.

You can stop bullying from happening to you and you can stop it from happening to other people.

4. Remember, you have a right to feel safe.

Rights-Safe_1024x1024It’s not ok to bully anyone or hurt them. It’s against the law.

This poster reminds us not to tolerate bullying and hate crime. You can download the poster on the link below.


Click to access disability_hate_crime_-_bus_poster.pdf

5. Build your confidence.

Alexis1_1024x1024It you need help using a bus or train ask your borough about Independent Travel programmes. These programmes can help you with things like timetables and tickets. Sometimes they can also help you work out ways to keep safe if you are walking or riding a bike.

5. Keep your confidence.


If you are bullied – or you are scared of being bullied – then talk to someone about it.

You may feel like you are too scared to leave the house or catch a bus or train.

But it is important that you feel confident again so you can enjoy life and use transport to go about your daily life.

Fear of bullying

Tonight, AbPhab members talked about bullying. This report is by Hayley, Georgina, Shannon and Shane.

Many young people worry about being bullied.

Some people are worry because they have been bullied and they think it could happen again.

Some people worry because their friends have been bullied or they have heard stories about bullying.

Bullying affects everyone: parents, carers, children, teenagers, young people and older people.

Bullying stops people from enjoying school or college or work. It stops people from taking part in activities which make life fun and rewarding.

Young people with disabilities or special educational needs are more likely to be bullied than other children. This means that thousands of young people are not getting the education they need. They are not getting the chance to reach their potential. This is terrible for young people and their families.

Who can stop and prevent bullying? You can.


You can stop bullying along with the help of your teacher, parents or carers and your community.

Everyone needs to take responsibility.

yes Report bullying.

yesEducate yourself about disability.

yesEducate others about disability.

yesRemember you have a right to be safe.

There are some really good organisations who can help you make a difference and stop bullying.