BUDDING young filmmakers are being encouraged to use their peer influence for good these school holidays by producing a three-minute movie about the adverse effects of bullying.
Authorities suggest children are actually better equipped than adults to share the critical message of why bullying is never okay, which is why WA Police and the Constable Care Child Safety Foundation (CCCSF) organise an annual short film competition.
“It has been long known that young people are often reluctant to take on-board the advice delivered to them by adults, whether it is about the use of illegal drugs, bullying or any other community safety topic,” WA Police spokeswoman Emma Brown said.
“Your SAY, Your Call harnesses their enthusiasm, innovation and creativity to empower them to become educators of other youth.”
CCCSF chief executive David Gribble said too many children were afraid to seek help or knew how to stop the cycle of bullying.
“This competition not only encourages young people to become informed on this important youth issue, it also encourages them to raise their voice and become an active part of conversation and of the solution,” he said.
The winning student or group will work with the WA Screen Academy to adapt their idea into an interactive short film that can then be used by the Constable Care foundation in its education efforts.
Filmmakers have until June 15 to finalise their movie, but must register at www.yourcall.rocks/competitions before the end of this month.