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  I helped set up a bullying site for kids
Updated 25 June 2003, 14.52
Girl being bullied
Jonathan, 15, tells us about helping to set up an online service for children who are being bullied.

Here's his report:

Beating The Bully Blues (BTBB) is an anti-bullying project based in the Midlands for young people by young people originally set up to raise awareness of bullying amongst young people.

The dedicated team, made up of a range of young people from Birmingham who have given up their free time, have set up one of the UK's largest anti-bullying online communities, which provides a way for young people to help other young people.

The winning formula makes it a lot less embarrassing than talking to an adult over the phone.

'Dedicated team'

The project originally started as a local rate phone service as an alterative to ChildLine or a major hotline, but with disappointing results.

Jonathan said: "We look back to when we were thinking about giving it up - and we are so glad we all stuck with it.

"Since our downfall the team has been so dedicated and we have achieved lots in providing sources of help and online advice for young people and parents.

In the past couple of weeks BTBB has set up a online forum and a new website, which had more that 1,000 hits in the first weekend.

Awards

We have also created links with other local and national youth organisations plus we have been lucky enough to have and won and be nominated for a selection of awards including The Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Award.

The BTBB Press team have turned a local project, into a national scale one with local, national and regional newspaper articles, web articles and local and regional radio air time, including an interview on local youth radio station - KICfm. The biggest in the Black Country and Staffordshire for young people.

'Bullying is wrong'

BTBB is supported by many celebrities including the UK's official number two artist in the singles chart, Fast Food Rockers, as well as other new and established artists. As well as support from various MPs including the Rt Hon Gordon Brown, MP and Rt Hon, Charles Clare, MP.

The future for BTBB includes many possibilities including an internet radio show, schools tour, promo CD, Internet CD and much more. The team are looking to obtain funding or sponsorship soon.

Bullying is wrong and BTBB hopes other people will take notice and get involved with the project, because 'together we can beat the bully blues'."

Jonathan, 15, Sutton Coldfield

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