Young film makers to quiz Mark about Cyber-bullying for Lights, Camera, Parliament! film competition

(February 07, 2014)

Mark will be interviewed by pupils from St Matthews Primary School on today (7th February 2014) on the rise of cyber-bullying as part of their entry for the Lights, Camera, Parliament! film competition.

The parliamentary competition encourages young people to think about important issues that directly affect them.  It challenges them to think of one law they would like to see introduced and present their case in an inspirational short film.

Pupils, Beres Smith, Huriyah Malik and Harisah Malik have chosen to tackle the issue of cyber-bullying; the act of sending threatening and intimidating messages electronically.  It typically takes place on social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, Tumblr and Flickr and is not restricted to young people, with older victims being targeted in incidences of cyber-stalking.  Perpetrators often post messages and comments anonymously causing much distress to the victim.  Extreme cases have led to suicide by young people and this can be followed by the defamation of sites dedicated to the victim’s memory causing further anguish to the victim’s family.

Mark said: ‘Cyber-bullying is an increasingly worrying problem, particularly for our children and young people and I am glad it’s being tackled by the children for their film project.  I look forward to viewing their finished piece of work and wish them all the best in the competition.’ 

Pertinent questions being put to Mark will include: ‘How can we make parents more aware about cyber-bullying, should social media do more to protect their users such as raising the age of members to 16 and are there any plans to debate this issue in Parliament?’

Participant Beres Smith said, ‘Cyber bullying can affect people at home, at work and even at school.  We would like a universal panic button installed onto every website so that cases of cyber bullying can be sent instantly to the relevant authorities.’

Headteacher, Roger Small, said: The children could produce either a script, a storyboard or a short film/documentary and they opted for the latter.  Mark’s interview will be one of the focal points of the film and the children are extremely excited ahead of Friday.’

This national competition is open to children and young people aged 7-16.  Entrants are requested to submit a short film of three minutes, a script or storyboard by 14th February.  Successful past entries have included ‘Bike Helmet Law’, ‘Vote at 16’ and ‘Ban Size 0 models on the Front Cover of Magazines’.  Winners will have the opportunity to showcase their winning entry in Parliament and undertake a tour of the House of Commons.  Visit: for more information or to enter.

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