Facebook funds anti-bullying training in schools


Facebook has said it will fund existing training for one young person in every UK secondary school so they can support children who experience cyber-bullying.
There are 4,500 secondary schools in the UK, of which around half have a digital ambassador trained by anti-bullying campaigns The Diana Award and Childnet International.
The “digital safety ambassador” scheme is part of Facebook’s commitment to online safety, the firm said.
Facebook will provide £1m ($1.3m).
The funding provides an extension of existing projects offered by the two organisations to schools who choose to opt in.
New research suggests that young people are more likely to discuss online bullying with each other than with parents or teachers.
“This partnership is the next step in our ongoing effort to help young people build safe and supportive communities,” said Antigone Davis, Facebook’s head of global safety policy.
“Over the last decade, we have developed a wealth of innovative resources on Facebook that enable young people to look after themselves and their peers, from our updated Safety Centre, to our online reporting tools.
“By offering trained digital safety ambassadors to every UK secondary school we are now taking this commitment offline too.”
‘Positive changes’
Poppy Muffett, a 15-year-old digital leader from Wath Comprehensive School in Rotherham, said

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