Canon Barnett school appeals for ‘likes’ for their anti-cyber bullying video

Whitechapel's Canon Barnett School... shortlisted in anti-bullying video competition

Whitechapel's Canon Barnett School... shortlisted in anti-bullying video competition - Credit: Canon Barnett Sch

A school in London’s East End has been shortlisted in a nationwide competition to kick cyber bullying out of children’s education.

But Whitechapel’s Canon Barnett Primary needs another 100 online voters by tonight to beat its nearest rival in Herefordshire to take the top prize.

The school submitted a two-and-a-half minute musical video to the competition run by the Anti Bullying Alliance and internetmatters.org.

It is the only primary school in London to get through to the shortlist, beating hundreeds so far around the country.

“Our video starred 11 pupils with lyrics on thinking before making comments on profile pages which might impact on someone’s life,” the school’s learning mentor Tapia Timbou explained.


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“So we encourage the children to make good comments, knowing right from wrong.

“But right now we need as many ‘likes’ as possible on our Youtube music video to add points to our final score—we get a visit by an Olympic Gold medallist if we win.”

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Lyrics in their musical point out that “people do care what is posted up for all to see.”

Tapia added: “Everyone can see a Facebook posting. It’s not just between two kids in the playground—ragging becomes more serious on screen.”

But today is the last day to cast your vote here for Canon Barnett’s anti-bullying video.

The school had 344 votes at 3pm—but are 100 short of beating their closest rival.

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