Cyber-bullying and exam stress on Youth Parliament agenda
MEMBERS of the UK Youth Parliament brought up the subject of cyber-bullying when they met the Police and Crime Commissioner Martyn Underhill at Dorset Police HQ at Winfrith on Friday.
Mr Underhill said: "I believe strongly in young people having the chance to express themselves. I told them that it is vital that young people confide in someone if they are being bullied online. We must all work together on identifying and intercepting problems early on, before they become a crisis."
The two hour session also included discussions on exam stress.
Eve Laird from UKYP said: "We are keen to help students with anxiety and are planning a 'Stress Less' day to give teenagers, parents and teachers the advice they need to spot the signs of stress."
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The Commissioner added: "Increasing pressure and stress will have an adverse affect on many young people - problems can include self harm, eating disorders, alcohol and depression. We need young people to feel confident enough to confide in their teachers, family or friends, before a situation escalates out of control."
The five young people also visited the firearms department and the Force control room during their visit.