Stonewall Cymru hosts live web chat for young lesbian, gay and bisexual people experiencing anti-gay bullying in school.


The webchat took place on Tuesday 21 November and was a huge success. More webchats are being planned for the new year. To register your interest email matthew.batten@stonewall.org.uk

Media Release

Stonewall Cymru is hosting a live web chat during Anti-Bullying Week for young lesbian, gay and bisexual people who are experiencing homophobic bullying in school.

Young people will be able to chat with trained advisers from ChildLine and the LGBT Helpline Cymru about their experiences, and receive advice about dealing with anti-gay bullying. The live web chat will take place on Tuesday 21 November between 12Noon - 6pm and is hosted by Canllaw Online at www.canllaw-online.com

'We are still hearing appalling cases of bullying every week yet very few young people know where to go for advice and support,' says Matthew Batten, Stonewall Cymru's Policy and Public Affairs Officer. 'The 'Speak Out' chat room will give young people the opportunity to share experiences and get advice in confidence about dealing with anti-gay bullying. Because of the informal nature of chat rooms young people often feel more comfortable chatting online than in person or over the phone.'

Jonathan Green, ChildLine Services Manager said: "Every month, NSPCC service ChildLine counsels more than 3,000 young people about bullying - a quarter (23%) of all calls to the service. One area of growing concern is homophobic bullying.

He added, 'A new study of calls to ChildLine offers a snapshot into the extent of the problem in schools. Young people featured in the research indicate that too many teachers do nothing about homophobic bullying, and many young people fear telling their parents. Those counseled by ChildLine about homophobic bullying report feeling extremely lonely and isolated and feel that they have no where else to turn."

Lynne Thomas, Head of Content, Systems & Communications at Canllaw Online says, 'Canllaw Online is delighted to be working alongside Stonewall Cymru and supporting a live web chat on such an important topic. It will be a great opportunity to provide young people with advice in a new and exciting way.'

Debbie Lane, LGBT Helpline Cymru says, 'The LGBT Cymru Helpline has supported many young people who have questioned their sexuality, been bullied at school or need advice and support with families issues. Talking to young people in a chat room enables us to provide advice and support in a way that is relevant to them.'

For more information about taking part visit: www.stonewallcymru.org.uk/webchat  or contact Matthew Batten on 029 2023 7744 or Lynne Thomas on 029 2088 7868

For media enquiries contact: Matthew Batten, Policy & Public Affairs Officer, on 029 2023 7744 or email matthew.batten@stonewall.org.uk

For NSPCC / ChildLine Cymru/Wales media enquiries contact: Hannah Edwards on 029 2026 7015 or hannahedwards@nspcc.org.uk

Notes

1. Stonewall Cymru is the all Wales lesbian, gay and bisexual equality group. www.stonewallcymru.org.uk
2. For more information about LGBT Helpline Cymru visit www.ecwales.org.uk
3. Canllaw Online is a not-for-profit organisation and registered charity dedicated to developing and supporting information services for young people.
4 For more information about ChildLine visit www.childline.org.uk


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