Diana Award Anti-Bullying Showcase held at Facebook Headquarters

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Facebook headquarters Dublin was the venue for the recent Diana Award Anti-Bullying Campaign Showcase

The Diana Award was established in 1999 in memory of Diana, Princess of Wales, Princess Diana believed that young people had the power to change the world.

Alex Holmes, Diana Award Anti Bullying Programme Manager, was first to welcome everybody to the event.

The Diana Award has teamed up with Facebook to promote its Anti-Bullying Campaign both on and offline. The main focus is to make pupils and parents aware of the cyberbullying and the importance of protecting personal information while online.

“You wouldn’t share your toothbrush, so don’t share your personal information online” said an Anti-Bullying Ambassador.

Anti-Bullying Ambassadors are trained students within schools. Victimised, bullied, lonely or upset pupils can approach Anti Bullying Ambassadors with their problems. Students can confide in them on an equal level if they are too afraid to go to a teacher or Principal for help.

The Anti-Bullying Ambassadors provide a network of support for vulnerable pupils.

Frances Fitzgerald, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, gave a positive and inspiriting anti bullying speech.

The event was attended by a number of celebrities such as singer Brian Mc Fadden, actor Will Poulter (‘We are the Millers’) Lord Mayor of Dublin, Oisín Quinn, and Caroline Downey. There were musical performances by Fresh Ré and Jordan O’Keefe, all of whom have suffered some form of bullying.