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.


 Redbridge Equalities and Community Council


The RECC is a charity based in Redbridge.

The charity promotes justice and equality.

James-6_1024x1024You can ring the RECC if you are being bullied or you are a victim of a hate crime.

The best way to contact the RECC is to call them on the telephone and talk to them. You can call them on 07847-82991 from 6 PM until midnight. You can ring them every day of the week.

The people at RECC may then suggest a time to met and talk about the bullying or hate crime. Sometimes the people at RECC may find another organisation or service to help you as well.

David Landau

David Landau from RECC

Here is a link to their website: http://www.redbridgeequalities.org.uk


My disability

One of our group members, Georgina, wants to work in film, television and theatre when she leaves school. Georgina has already started writing short pieces for performance.  Her material makes people laugh and think. Here, Georgina writes about her disability. She performed this work at school. 

The disability I have is cerebral palsy. This disability affects my speech, the way I walk and my physical appearance. Also, I fall over because I have poor balance. IMG_6885 My disability has good points and bad points. Do you want the good news or the bad news first? Well I’ll give you the good news. I get the best seats at concerts. When I go to theme parks, I get to go to the font of the queue. Do you? Another advantage is my mum can park her car anywhere she likes. Can yours? Well, these are some of the perks of having a disability. But it’s not all good.  Now for the bad news. Some people treat me differently and don’t think I’m as clever as they are. But who has more medals. You or me? Georgina I have medals as I represented the borough and came away with gold, silver and bronze. No bad for someone with cerebral palsy! Just because I walk differently and talk in a different way doesn’t make me a different person. I have feelings just like you. We are all the same, human beings. Just because I am disabled doesn’t mean you should treat me like a 5 year old. I am 13 years of age and I like music and drama and all the things girls of my age like – particularly One Direction. But Harry is mine so keep off. How would you feel if one day no one could understand what you were saying or you lost the use of your right hand? Welcome to my world. All I am saying is treat people with disabilities with the same respect as you would like to be treated. Love and peace. Georgina. If you’d like to more more about cerebral palsy then you can visit this website: http://www.cerebralpalsy.org.uk

A handy hint to stop bullying

Hayley is a member of the AbPhab team. She reports on using a diary to report bullying.

Diary to stop bullying







If you are bullied online or elsewhere then keep a diary to record evidence.









You can write down things like the day, time and month and when and where the bullying happened.

You should also write down the name of the person or people who bullied you.

It may be used in court as evidence.

Hacking Hurts

Social media is very important. Many people are worried about using social media because of cyber-bullying. This is a very real concern.  Neal reports on his experience. 

Listen to Neal here

Who I am


My name is Neal. I am disabled. I have cerebral palsy. I also have a speech impediment. I have many skills. I like to empower young people to achieve their full potential. This is my strength.

What I do

I have been a community volunteer for 11 years now. I volunteer with AbPhab, DABD and the local authority.

Social media

I can’t tell you how much I rely on social media. It is such a good way to connect with my colleagues. It is surprising how many disability and other organisations are turning to social media. They are using social media to have a presence on twitter and to engage with potential members or clients with a disability. Disabled people need twitter skills so they can articulate what they need or want or think. Twitter is instant

What types of social media I use

I use Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Skype.

My worst social media experience

I was hacked on twitter and it affected me badly because someone started posting things from my account but it wasn’t coming from me. It made me feel sick. I deleted my account straight away but I didn’t use Twitter for about 6 months because I didn’t feel safe. It meant that I couldn’t keep up with news and I couldn’t comment and read about important social issues.

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)

Skype road-test

Skype is a helpful tool for young people. Skype connects friends and family. Skype helps people share ideas, study and learn. But there are drawbacks as well. Broadband is expensive for people on a low income and many young people are very worried about bullying and cyber-safety. 

In this post, the inclusive group AbPhab gives Skype a road test. 

By Shannon, Hayley, Andre, Shane, Kim, Julia and Stephen. 



This evening we talked about Skype.


Skype allows you to talk to and see another person in a different place  – they may be in another room, house, borough or country.

2. Researching Skype in our group

Only two people in our group had used Skype.

Some of us had heard about Skype but didn’t know how it worked or how it could be used.

Most young people did not feel confident about using Skype and they felt worried about their online safety.


3. Using Skype

Our group practised using Skype.


We spoke to Mandie who lives in the Borough of Hackney.  We were in Dagenham. We had lots of fun getting to know her. We asked her about her pets and her job. We all had a laugh.

Afterwards we talked about Skype and its usefulness for people with disabilities.

4. Is Skype useful?


There are lots of good things about Skype.


Skype helps people stay in touch with friends and family.


It’s fun to see and hear people and watch their body language.


There are some parts of Skype that worried us.


Some people felt nervous about a bad person or a stranger contacting them.


 Some people felt scared of bullies hurting them or finding out about about their personal details.


It’s difficult to work out which contacts or people are safe and trustworthy.


Skype is free to use but you need a computer, smart phone or tablet and Internet connection for it to work.  Many people with a disability live on very low incomes and they can’t afford this.

5. Verdict?

We gave it a thumbs up.


We had a fun night road testing Skype.

We want to look more at Skype and video conferencing tools but we want to keep safe as well. Safety is a BIG concern for our group.

6. Recommendation


We recommend that people explore Skype to see if it is helpful to them. It may be very helpful for people who feel lonely.

In 2012, Mencap published a report called “Stuck at home: the impact of day service cuts on people with a learning disability”  This report said that many young people with a learning disability spent a lot of time at home because of government cut backs.  They may feel lonely and isolated.

Skype may be a useful tool for young people so they can stay connected with friends and family.  BUT users of Skype must know about safe behaviour and what to do if things go wrong as well.

Thank you to easy on the i for many of the graphics on this post.

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Anti-Bullying Film

We wanted to make anti-bullying film for primary aged children. We asked ourselves the question “What makes children safe and happy?” We came up with lots of answers: play, sun, love, books and pets for example. 

However, we also think that all children should know how to report bullying if it ever happens to them.  Why? Because research shows that primary students with Special Educational Needs are twice as likely to be bullied than their peers. 

You can read a BBC news report about this research here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-27902500

You can read a report by the Institute of Education here: http://repec.ioe.ac.uk/REPEc/pdf/qsswp1411.pdf

In this post, the inclusive group AbPhab describes how we made the film.
By Shannon, Julia, Andre and Hayley. 


Everyone at AbPhab made a stop motion film.

Some young people came up with ideas for the film.

Some young people made props.

Other people used a camera to shoot the film.

We all worked as a team and everyone had fun.


Our film has a very positive message about children and safety.

We hope that adults and children will watch our film and smile.

We hope that people will learn from our film.


We made a list of how to keep children safe and happy. shane


We thought that children are happy if they have things like pets, love, friends, music, places to play and healthy food.


Children need help to stay safe as they grow up. They should know what to do when they are bullied. We think that adults, parents, teachers and carers should tell children to report bullying.


Reporting is important. Reporting helps us understand when, how and why young people are bullied. Disabled primary children in the UK are more likely to be bullied than other children.


Together, we can STOP bullying if we REPORT bullying.

Reporting must be accessible for all children. This means that children who need help with writing, speaking, communicating or remembering should have easy ways to report bullying.

Here is our film: