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Kingswinford teens want a law to protect against cyber bullying
5:00pm Tuesday 18th February 2014 in News
KINGSWINFORD students have made a powerful film highlighting the dangers of online bullying through social media.
Five pupils from Summerhill School produced the film for the Lights, Camera, Parliament competition, which gave schools across the country the chance to tell Parliament what new law they think should be made and why.
The year 10 students, who are studying GCSE law, were promoting a law that prevents social media encouraging eating disorders, self harm and suicide by showing how easy it for young people to be affected by derogatory comments posted about them online.
They suggest the solution would be to have a report button that would alert a specialised team to the website.
If it was found unsuitable then it would be permanently removed.
Jemma Hughes, one of the stars of the film, which has received more than 1,250 views, said: “We enjoyed making the film and we hope it will make a positive difference to people’s lives.”
The school will find out if it has won the competition next month.
If successful, the students will be invited to an awards day at the Houses of Parliament in April and receive a tour of the Palace of Westminster and get the opportunity to speak with MPs about their proposed law, hosted by the Lord Speaker.
To watch the short film, visit www.makewav.es/story/654999/title/ourlawmoderatinguseofsocialmedia
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