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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.


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.



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.


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.

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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.


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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.

MOPAC’s Hate Crime Strategy

The Mayor wants London “to be the safest global city on earth.” We will need to reduce the level of Hate Crime in London to achieve this goal. AbPhab reports on a new plan to reduce and prevent Hate Crime 

Listen to the article here

  1. MOPAC


The Mayor’s Office for Policing And Crime  works with the Metropolitan Police Service on policing and crime issues within London. Many people abbreviate the name “Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime” to MOPAC. The Metropolitan Police Service is abbreviated to MPS. Abbreviated means shortened.

2. A plan to reduce Hate Crime


MOPAC has developed a plan to reduce the level of Hate Crime in London.


They developed the plan by talking to different people in London.

3. Hate Crime Statistics


MOPAC says reports about Disability Hate Crimes have gone up. From May 2013 to May 2014 the numbers of Disability Hate Crimes went up from 107 to 121 crimes.

MOPAC says that there are even more Disability Hate Crimes than we know about because people don’t report them. This is known as under-reporting. MOPAC wants to reduce all forms of Hate Crime.

4. The Hate Crime Strategy

The Hate Crime Strategy sets out the plan to stop hate crime.

You can read the draft easy read Hate Crime plan here.

The final plan will be available online in March, 2015. THANKS-TO-easy-on-the-eye (1)

Lambeth Council: Hate Crime Reporting

Reporting is an important issue and challenge. Sometimes the process of making a hate crime report is difficult. Many forms are too complicated and hard to understand. 

Hayley and Andre report on an Easy Read reporting form developed in Lambeth.


There are 32 boroughs in London. One borough is called Lambeth Council.  Lambeth Council has created a form so that people with learning disabilities can report crimes.

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The form is good because it is easy to understand.  It has pictures that you can relate to.  It has big text.  The form is not good for people who cannot read. However, if you can’t read, you can get someone to read it to you and help you fill it in.

We’d like to see other councils like Barking and Dagenham to so something like this.