Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Signs of improvement, but could do better

Stonewall's new School Report found that almost two-thirds of lgb pupils have experienced homophobic bullying. Less than a quarter have been told that homophobic bullying is wrong in their school. In schools that have said homophobic bullying is wrong, gay young people are 60 per cent more likely not to have been bullied.

The BBC exists, it says, to enrich people's lives with great programmes and services that inform, educate and entertain. As part of its education remit, BBC children's programmes could do more to combat homophobic bullying and thereby enrich the lives many young people.

Signs of a more inclusive BBC are still apparent on the Your Life CBBC message board (blog 24 May 2007) with some posts which would previously have been censored now passing through the moderation process.

Tim Levell, Newsround's former editor promised changes and I hope that the programme's new editor, Sinéad Rocks will keep to that commitment. There will be quite a lot of opportunities within the next month or so to see whether Newsround really has moved into the 21st century.

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