We are a registered charity that historically has been run by lawyers, teachers, parents and chartered accountants. Our current chairman is Professor Anthony Goodman (Sociology and Criminology) and our secretary is Graham King, barrister of 1 Gray's Inn Square. They are actively involved in the day to day finances of MCN. Layton's solicitors have pledged pro bono legal advice for IP and copyright needs going forward.
There is a myth that bullying is a normal part of growing up. Bullying has become far more intense 24/7 for some. Cyber bullying, trolling behaviour and fandom has demonstrated the levels of brutality that can be extended to another in the form of pictures and words Sadly it is only when someone commits suicide, self harms, experiences acute anxiety that we are compelled to listen. We don't have to wait for tragedy to strike. Prevention early on can change the culture in the classroom but the research now needs to be tried and tested.
Nicholas Christakis, Harvard Professor and medical sociologist is leading expert in identifying epidemics and social behavioural patterns. He is considered one of the 100 most influential people in the world. We are working with him to design a outcome matrix to assist us in our trials
I have been working with young people for a number of years and raising self esteem and confidence in young people has been hugely successful in changing their lives and contribution to school life.
Survival in any environment be it work or play usually means the strongest survive. As a result a resilience towards bullying is taking place - this does not prevent bullying and without a preventative programme we run the risk of raising awareness and developing coping mechanisms without identifying ways in which to change the values in the classroom, this can shift behavior and create new outcomes in which children may thrive.
We have identified that a child centred app to prevent bullying could be hugely effective in improving the happiness and learning environment for children of primary school age. A fun app that motivates 5 acts of kindness a day provides active opportunity in which children can work as a team and immediately address trouble spots in any classroom at any given time.