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  Worksheet: Oli Watts
Updated 04 November 2004, 12.58
Anne Frank

Read this profile of a winner of an Anne Frank Award for Moral Courage and answer the questions which follow.

Oli Watts
Oli Watts has set a precedent for young people to challenge issues and has taught adults the value of listening and accepting that they may not have all the answers.

After years of suffering persistent bullying at school, Oli started a new school in another county.

However, back in his own county, the only place he really felt safe was at home.

Oli spent many hours surfing the Internet, looking for sites to help him deal with his feeling about being bullied.

It soon became clear that no such thing existed and, with the encouragement of his family, Oli set about wring a site himself.

Pupiline.net has become bigger than anyone imagined, providing a vital service for many young people.

It has grown into a site which deals responsibly and helpfully with issues like bullying, drugs, jobs, sex and relationships.

Many schools are now using the Pupiline site to support their teaching of Citizenship and Oli is now working with the DfES to link the content of the site with the curriculum.

The whole experience has helped Oli to rebuild his shattered confidence and has turned his own awful situation into one which has helped countless other people.

  • Why should adults listen to what young people have to say?
  • Are older people necessarily wiser? Can you think of any examples to back up your ideas?
  • What issues would you like advice about?
  • What kind of service can you imagine Pupiline.net providing?
  • Why do you think that this website has been so successful?
  • Why did Oli deserve an award for his achievements?

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