Young people in Derry have launched a new ‘Keep it Positive’ Facebook Page to help raise awareness of the damaging effects of cyber-bullying.
They will be running an event at Quayside Shopping Centre today (Tuesday) to encourage people to say something positive about someone else on the page.
The event is being run as part of Anti-Bullying Week (November 18-22), which is focusing this year on how young people communicate with each other through social media.
It is being organised by the Northern Ireland Youth Forum and Bytes Project and supported by the Champions 4 Change Programme, which is funded by the Big Lottery.
Organiser, Michelle Nolan said the aim of the event was to help counteract the effects of bullying online.
“We are doing the reverse of cyber-bullying. We are organising this event to get young people together to promote positive messages about other people.
“This will run at Quayside Shopping Centre on Tuesday, November 19 from 11am to 2pm and we want as many people as possible to take part.”
Ryan Murray from the Foyle Rainbow Project, which is participating in the Keep it Positive event, said its aim was to show that social networks are not for bullying but for making other people feel good about themselves. He urged people to begin posting positive messages now.
He added: “You can like us on Facebook and make a post saying something nice about someone else and tag them in it. Either post it on our wall or tag us in it too.
“Why not upload a photo or video of you saying or doing something nice for a friend onto our page and tag them in that too?”
The Keep it Positive Facebook page can be accessed at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Keep-It-Positive/ 255403984607445?fref=ts
Meanwhile, the Youth Group at The Rainbow Project have organised an open day at their centre in Orlan House, Strand Road as part of anti-bullying week.
They are asking all their members to reach out to friends, classmates, Facebook friends and acquaintances and bring them along to the centre on Wednesday, November 20 from 2-4pm, to show them the great work they do.
There will be pizza and refreshments as well as games and activities on the day. It’s a great way for new members to get involved and meet other young people in a safe environment.
A representative from the Northern Ireland Anti Bullying forum will be in attendance on the day to give a short workshop and hand out relevant literature.