The Big March 2012
Essex Police has joined forces with charity Beatbullying to
support The Big March 2012 - the world's first global virtual march
for children's rights.
On Thursday, March 1, 2012 millions of virtual avatars will
march across the websites of some of the organisations supporting a
petition to help protect children all over the world from bullying
Celebrities, politicians, charities and businesses will be joining
in the march from Manchester to Mumbai, Naples to New Orleans,
Jerusalem to Johannesburg and Budapest to Brasilia.
At the end of the march a real petition will be presented to the
United Nations in New York asking for a child's right to be safe
from bullying to be included in the UN Convention on the
Rights of a Child. If successful, it will be the first time the
Convention has been updated in over 10 years.
I believe that
every child has the right to a life that is safe, dignified and
free from violence and bullying.
CEO of Beatbullying
More than 950,000 supporters have signed up to the march
including pop stars Pixie Lott, The Saturdays, Jedward and Aston
Merrygold from JLS.
The idea builds on 2010's Big March in which a petition was
delivered to 10 Downing Street asking for the Government to protect
children and young people from all forms of bullying and
harrassment. It resulted in discussions with Deputy Prime Minister
Nick Clegg where Beatbullying was able to deliver its
Emma-Jane Cross, CEO of Beatbullying, said: "Thousands of children
have taken their own lives as a direct result of being bullied.
This must stop.
"I believe that every child has the right to a life that is safe,
dignified and free from violence and bullying.
"Together we can make a difference to children's rights with the
largest globally connected digital take over the world has ever
Together we can
make a difference to children's rights with the largest
globally connected digital take over the world has ever
CEO of Beatbullying
Substance Mis-use and Youth Inspector Jasmine Frost said:
"Essex Police is really pleased to be supporting The
"It's is a great opportunity to get involved and join with
partner agencies and people across the world to make our
Richard Piggin, deputy CEO of Beatbullying, said: "The most
important thing if you are being bullied is to tell someone. It
could be a teacher, a parent or your best friend.
"We've trained young people to be able to provide support. You
can go log on to http://cybermentors.org.uk/ at
any time for support and advice."
To find out more about The Big March, visit http://www.beatbullying.org/bigmarch/