27 November 2013
The Universal Children’s Day this year, on the 20th of November, was marked by the launch of the new mobile app by the institution “Hope For Children” UNCRC Policy Center which seeks to bring together 23 European countries to break the silence against bullying.
The mobile app, which is the result of the cooperation between “Hope For Children” and Cytamobile-Vodafone, was presented today at a press conference with the presence of numerous public figures, Mr. George Theofanous, Ms Christina Pavlidou, Mr. Dionysis Chiotis and Mr. Chrysanthos Tsouroullis, who are Ambassadors of the Beat Bullying Campaign, and with representatives of Cytamobile Vodafone, “Hope For Children” and the Ministry of Education and Culture.
On behalf of “Hope For Children” Dr. Antonis Stylianou, Senior Advisory Board Member, welcomed the attendees stating ‘the vital need to adopt innovative solutions and responses to the phenomenon, such as the current introduction of an original and innovative informative tool to address the phenomenon of bullying”. Dr. Monica Shiakou, coordinator of the Beat Bullying campaign stressed that the main axis of the campaign is to ‘empower children so that they are in a position to react, and to inform parents and teachers to equip their children with the shield of prevention and protection”. The Communications Director of Cytamobile Vodafone Ms. Rita Karatzia underlined the importance of such events for the ‘children who are the yeast for a better tomorrow against phenomena harboring prejudices’. The educational psychologist A’ on behalf of the Ministry of Education and Culture, Ms Marilia Pantzaris pointed again the existence of the European Helpline for Children and Adolescents 116 111 , through which children can take if specialized support and assistance.
Mr. Tsouroullis, one of the Ambassadors of the campaign, referred to the responsibility he feels to support social actions also for personal reasons, since as a teenager he had been a victim of bullying. Mr. George Theofanous expressed our obligation to help all children to respond, including bullies themselves. Ms. Pavlidou shared her reasons for participating in the campaign by declaring that her daughter had been bullied in the past, while Mr. Chiotis highlighted that parents need to be closer to their children and provide them with the tools to tackle bullying.
The mobile app, called HFCBeatBullying, will offer updates on the latest news about bullying around the world, will have a ‘But what to do’ section with practical advice and will refer the users to the European Helpline for Children and Adolescents 116 111, the free and confidential helpline in 23 European countries. The European Child Helpline 116111 currently operates in Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Denmark, Estonia, Greece, Spain, Finland, Hungary, Italy, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, and United Kingdom.
The HFCBeatBullying app is now available for Android phones on Google Play Store.