Cumbernauld High School students enjoy First2aMillion video campaign

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 22:53 GMT on Friday, 2nd November 2012.

ABOVE: Students watch Tariq's story as part of First2aMillion campaign. Picture, video still is copyright of CEOP.
PUPILS at Cumbernauld High School were some of the first pupils in the UK to have seen and taken part in a morning workshop relating to the First2aMillion campaign.

As we reported earlier, the First2aMillion video campaign features four stories; Tariq's story, Meg's story, Lucas' story and Aleeya's story, as part of the project which was produced by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP), with the aim to bring home the risks of uploading improper media onto the net.

Today, pupils at Cumbernauld High School were among the first to see the new video and pupils were shown the first story; Tariq’s story, which discussed the issue of peer pressure and cyberbullying.

The project now moves onto Belfast with the films which feature escalating ill-fated pranks and sexual content.

After the morning session at Cumbernauld High School, @Thinkuknow, the Twitter account heading up the First2aMillion project said: “A big thank you to Cumbernauld High! Had a great morning talking to their pupils about #First2aMillion.”

Police say images that teenagers put on websites can end up in the hands of sex offenders and so the film, which is aimed at 13 to 18-year-olds, shows a group of teenagers competing to gain one million views of their videos as they continually produce increasingly outrageous videos each featuring pranks and sexual material.

After the event pupils were asked for their opinions on the video which they had viewed with each pupil appearing to recognise the same issue; that peer pressure was a social problem in society.

One student said: “I think Tariq was influenced a lot by the people around him and in the end he caught up in it, meaning that it was him that done the wrong thing.”

Another High School student said: “He [Tariq] doesn't want to just sit back and look as if he's getting bullied; he's not going to take it and so he wants to defend himself.”

Another pupil commented: “I think that Tariq seemed to be one of the characters who do want other people want him to do and it's clear that he had a thing for Aleeya. I think he just wanted to go with her because he liked her that way.”

“Peer pressure is a fairly huge issue at the moment because people feel pressured to say certain things about someone,” added another student.

“Peer pressure definitely makes people do things that they would normally not want to do,” commented a fifth student.

Walter Muir, Cumbernauld High School’s Headteacher said: “Peer pressure is a massive issue for all pupils, even if it is just what you wear, what you do and the idea that you have to have Facebook; you have to have the most up-to-date phone.”