June 2016

Cyber-bullying – helping to make our young people safer on-line

“Naked photos of girls and young women shared on Snapchat against their will – National – NZ Herald News…Nearly half of female students spoken to in a new survey said they had had an embarrassing photo put online against their will last year. The survey, by cyberbullying awareness group Sticks ‘n Stones, spoke to 11- to 18-year-olds from 10 schools across Central Otago”

Violence Free Communities is teaming up with Sticks ‘n Stones and Heart 4 Youth Trust to coordinate youth-led anti-bullying and youth empowerment initiatives in West Auckland. Massey High School is our first school so far, with almost 100 students trained as peer mentors, 12 Sticks ‘n Stones ambassadors, a Pink Shirt Day event, and more initiatives are being planned as we speak. It’s a great team at Massey High, creating some positive action against bullying at their school.