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Watch: anti-bullying app takes off

Tootoot is an anti-bullying app that gives school pupils anonymity when reporting incidents.

It's been designed to counteract the modern trend of cyber bullying, and Michael Brennan, who founded it, was bullied himself as a youngster.

Greg Hoare has this report:

Bullying: help and advice

If you are worried about bullying, or have been affected by the issues in tonight's ITV Border Lookaround, you can get help and advice at the links below:

  • Tootoot - the anti-bullying mobile app developed by a man from the Borders. It's being used by schools across the UK
  • Childline - free helpline, as well as online support
  • Bullying UK - confidential helpline, and online resources including posters and a message board
  • Young Minds - information and advice about the different forms of bullying

Cumbrian beauty queen's anti-bullying campaign

Skye Mitchell, covered in the words she was bullied with Credit: Cumbria Net News

A beauty queen from Cumbria has started a campaign against bullying.

16-year-old Skye Mitchell has taken part in a photo-shoot to raise awareness about the damaging affects of bullying, writing the words she herself was called when she was bullied.

She experienced the nasty comments when she was selected to be Millom carnival queen at age 12.

Now that she is Miss Junior North West, she wants to help others who are suffering.


Bullied Cumbrian man slams social networking site

A man from Cumbria who says he was bullied on the social networking site Ask Fm says promises by the company to clean up the site are "too little too late".

Ask Fm was blamed for the death of teenager Hannah Smith who apparently killed herself after anonymous postings on the site urging her to take her own life.

Connor Strange, from Penrith, says he was threatened at school for years including abusive messages on Ask Fm.

He spoke exclusively to Lookaround and Matthew Taylor has this report:

Cumbria police host web chat for LGBT communities

Cumbria Constabulary is holding its first online meeting designed to appeal to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities to give people the opportunity to speak to police and gain valuable advice online.

On Thursday 27th September from 5:30pm to 7:30pm, officers will provide LGBT communities the opportunity to gain advice, find out about crime and hate-related issues locally and ask any questions.

Among a host of other partners, Assistant Chief Constable Michelle Skeer will be on hand to give information on what support is available in Cumbria if people feel they have been harassed or attacked because of their sexuality or gender.

Assistant Chief Constable Michelle Skeer said:

“Everyone has the right to live their lives without the fear of violence and intimidation and it is up to the police to support communities and ensure that action is taken against people who commit crime.

“Hate crime in any form is unacceptable and we do all we can to tackle the issue in Cumbria. However, we’re aware that hate crime is often something that goes unreported and we don’t want victims to suffer in silence.

“We have established Third Party Reporting Centres across the county which help us to get a clearer picture of the true nature of hate crime. We are committed to uncovering crime where it happens and we hope that this web chat will provide local people with the chance to ask questions anonymously or seek support from us in a way that some victims may feel is comfortable or convenient for them.

“We need victims to continue reporting crimes to us so that we can catch offenders and ensure people don’t become targeted as victims again."

– Assistant Chief Constable Michelle Skeer
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