It's funny how music has the power to make you reflect on your life, your place in it and maybe what you did when you were younger.... 'Lord Anthony', by Belle and Sebastian is one song that has done it for me recently. I saw them performing it at Edinburgh Castle last year and it really touched me. It made me think about people who were bullied at the school that I went to and it also made me reflect on how, at that young age, I possibly was not very nice to some people.
Well a similar thing happened this afternoon at Handheld Learning 2007 when music was used to great affect when 'Still Fighting it' by Ben Folds was used as the soundtrack to the new anti-cyber-bullying video from Childnet International. (View the video via this link).
This video was very powerful and it not only conveys the turmoil and hurt of some on the receiving end of this form of bullying but it really does portray the bullies as ugly. I think it might help some children view themselves differently...
Anyway, Stephen Carrick Davies from Childnet International gave a passionate presentation about the importance of informed practice, strategy and policy in relation to child safety when using technology. Have a look at their site, it offers a lot of support, advice and guidance about cyber-safety for teachers and parents.
Now, off to itunes to get that Ben Folds track.
PS: Another great song similar to the Ben Folds' one is 'I don't wanna grow up', by Tom Waits. Enjoy.