Sing – no one can stop you!
Open Mic UK have become proud partners with Kidscape to empower all young people to share their talents without fear of bullying.
Research from the Anti-Bullying Alliance in 2012 showed that 90% of children had been bullied or seen someone being bullied for having a natural talent. Half of the children surveyed had downplayed their talent because of bullying. One in ten had even stopped singing because of bullying.
We want this to stop and are working to encourage all young people to sing.
The reality is that people will always try and take you down if you have something they don’t have. Especially if you’re standing out from the crowd. You will never be able to control what other people do and, now with social media, people can attack you without having to see the pain or hurt they are causing.
If this is happening to you, you’re in good company
The list of stars who have shared their own experiences of bullying, either as teens or as adults, is long. Cheryl Cole, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Tulisa, Katy Perry, Eminem and almost every artist have felt the sting of being attacked through social media.
Anne-Marie was described as ‘talentless’ on Twitter in response to her cover of ‘Rewrite the Stars’ with James Arthur, and she came back in style.
ACTUALLY I think you’ll find I’m REALLY good at cooking peanut butter on toast 🙄 https://t.co/97L0Cd4xEH
— 🌺ANNE-MARIE🌺 (@AnneMarie) January 10, 2019
If you’re ready to share your voice but are afraid of how others might react, here is some great advice from Taylor Swift after a fan shared her experiences of bullying on Instagram:
|“Every time someone picks on me, I’ll think of you in the hopes that every time someone picks on you, you’ll think of me. Let them keep living in the darkness and we’ll keep walking in the sunlight.”|
— Taylor Swift
What if someone you know is being bullied?
We teach children that if they’re being bullied that they should get help from someone they trust. But what if you are that person that a child turns to for help or a friend asks for advice?
It’s important to the us that everyone is aware of what to do if someone is being bullied. We can all play our part in helping make the bullying stop. These are Kidscape’s top tips for what to do if someone tells you they’re being bullied.
- Be reassuring. Let them know it’s not their fault, that they can get through this, and that they’ve done the right thing by sharing what they’re going through.
- Be aware that bullying of children and young people is a child protection issue. By law schools have to talk action against all forms of bullying and discrimination.
- Be clear that any form of hate and discrimination targeted at someone’s race, faith, age, gender, disability or sexuality is totally unacceptable and illegal and they can report this to the police.
- If the bullying is happening in school, encourage them to tell someone, to share the impact of what’s happening, and what they need to happen for the situation to stop.
- If the first person they tell can’t help – encourage them to think of others. They can also contact ChildLine or The Mix.
Being bullied can cause feelings of loneliness and fear. Something as simple as showing you are thinking of them and are on their side, directing them to help and support can make a world of difference.
Kidscape and Open Mic UK want you to share your voice; we want you to walk in the sunlight. Keep singing and if the going gets tough, remember that we are with you.