Sending a message on cyber bullying

In May 2015, local group Musical Youth secured funding £3,727 for a project highlighting the issues around online bullying. The project saw 10 and 11 year olds develop and deliver a performance in schools.

The project, called ‘Be a Cyber buddy not a Cyber Bully’, gave 20 children who from three primary schools the opportunity to develop a play on cyber bullying and social media.

Developing a play is a big job, so once funding was secured, Musical youth designed a set of workshops to take place over 10 weeks where the children worked together to write the play. They also learned dance routines, drama and singing skills.

Delivering a strong message

The play that the children developed highlighted their perspective on social media and online bullying and sent a strong message on the dangers children face online.

Following more than two months of hard work developing the play, the children performed in three schools: Montrose, Granby and Marriott Primary Schools. Local leaders like the police and councilors joined other school children, parents and carers in attending the performances.

The play received a hugely positive response at every performance, and we’re delighted to have played a small part in Musical Youth’s success. We’d also like to congratulate all the young people who developed the play on their creativity and hard work.

What’s your group’s story?

Musical Youth is one of over 3,700 groups working across Leicester and Leicestershire to change lives and we want to hear as many of those groups’ stories as possible.

Musical Youth’s story is about helping children send a message on the issues that affect them – what’s yours?