Ceredigion Youth Service, in conjunction with Aberystwyth University and Ysgol Gyfun Gymunedol Penweddig, facillitated a project with pupils to create a short film focusing on raising awareness of online safety amongst young people, particularly highlighting and prompting discussions of the risks surrounding the misuse of Snapchat.

The film was created ahead of National Safeguarding Week 2017, to coincide with Ceredigion’s designated theme, which was cyber safety. It shows an example of cyber bullying, peer pressure and the damaging effects sharing unsuitable images on social media platforms can have on someone.

Councillor Catrin Miles, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Learning Services said, “On behalf of the Council, I commend the hard work undertaken by the pupils from Ysgol Gyfun Gymunedol Penweddig who were part of this film right from the beginning, discussing ideas, writing the plot, to the final part of acting in, filming and editing the final film. This bitesize film encapsulates the type of the bullying that can result from the misuse of some of the apps that are readily available and are used by a large number of people, in particular young people today. Providing this resource to educational establishments across Ceredigion will enable opportunities for young people to discuss the issues highlighted in the film and explore ways to overcome and reduce the number of similar situations from happening. Thank you to Ceredigion Youth Service and all that were involved in the making of this film.”

The film was designed to be used as an educational resource within Secondary Schools, Hyfforddiant Ceredigion Training and Coleg Ceredigion. A DVD of the film, free of charge to these establishments, is available from Ceredigion Youth Service, by contacting Lowri Evans on 01545 572 352 or lowri.evans@ceredigion.gov.uk.

To find out more information about the topics to be highlighted in the film, concerns or if you would like to know more about the Mid & West Wales Regional Safeguarding Board, visit the website, http://cysur.wales/home/.