Category Archives: Disability

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?

Sociability

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”.

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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: http://www.mandevillesisters.com  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.

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

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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.

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. 


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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.

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Jack Petchey Award

A member of our team, Georgina, is a passionate advocate against bullying. However, she is also a tremendous athlete.


 

Georgina, who has cerebral palsy, won the 2015 Jack Petchey Outstanding Achievement Award – Panathlon’s top individual honour. We couldn’t think of a better recipient. Georgina has completed at the Copper Box Arena in the Olympic Park. She is passionate about equality and diversity and she is a wonderful writer and performer.

Well done Georgina.

We are proud to know you!

http://www.panathlon.com/georgina-named-outstanding-achiever-of-2015/

Make a noise

Anti-Bullying Week in England is coordinated by the Anti-Bullying Alliance.  This year, the theme is ‘Make a Noise about bullying’ with the #antibullyingweek.


The theme for anti-bullying week in November 2015 is “Make a Noise about Bullying.”

The Ab Phab Youth Group is exploring fun ways to make homemade instruments.

We made simple instrument using a comb and  piece of paper. it’s called  “comb kazoo.”

We had fun making it.

IDDP celebrations

Are you keen to celebrate diversity? 

Here is our report about IDDP celebrations in Barking and Dagenham. 


The December 3rd is International Day of the Disable People.

Barking and Dagenham has already started planning the event. We talk to Keith and Neal about their plans for IDDP, 2015. They tell us about this year’s theme and how to become involved in celebrations.

Anyone who attends the event will also see Essex girl-band, the SweetChix, perform!

Here is the Essex girl-band SweetChix. See them perform at IDDP celebrations.