Competition launched to beat the cyber-bullies - 13.11.09
A week of events and activities aimed at helping Sutton children stay safe in cyberspace will mark this year's Anti-Bullying Week, 16-20 November.
Sutton Council's libraries will launch a competition for children to design a mouse mat on the theme of cyber bullying, with the winning entry to be produced and used on all children's computers in the borough's libraries.
The aim is to raise awareness of the problem of bullying on the internet and by mobile phone. National research suggests around a third of 12 to 15-year-olds have been a victim of cyber bullying.
Top children's author Pete Johnson will also be dropping into the Phoenix Centre library on Thursday 19 November. Renowned for his books on bullying, the writer will talk to pupils from Amy Johnson Primary School.
The closing date for the mouse mat design competition is Saturday 5 December and more information is available in the borough's libraries.
Cllr Graham Tope, Executive Member for Libraries on Sutton Council, said:
"Everyone in Sutton should be free to live their lives free of the pain and torment of bullying. The rise of the internet and mobile phones in recent years has sadly opened up a new way for bullies to target their victims, even from a distance.
"While the council and schools work hard to stamp out bullying and take action against the culprits, it's important that victims also know where to go for help.
"Throughout Anti-Bullying Week, events and activities will put the issue in the spotlight and help local children avoid and tackle the problem.
"I urge young people across the borough to take part in the mouse mat competition and leave a lasting impression in our libraries that there is no place for cyber-bullying in Sutton."