Tuesday 28 March 2017

'Children have no escape... it follows them home on their phones' - Irish teenager's song about bullying is online hit

Music teacher Claire Hayden and her student Becky Phillips. Photo: Facebook
Music teacher Claire Hayden and her student Becky Phillips. Photo: Facebook

Sasha Brady

An Irish teenager's song about bullying is quickly becoming an online hit.

Becky Phillips (15) from Bantry in Cork recorded the song with her singing teacher Claire Hayden.

Claire, who works in a primary school in Bantry, came up with the idea for the song when she saw that many of the students who she works with were becoming increasingly stressed due to bullying.

"It's a lot different now to when I was younger," she told Independent.ie.

"Children are under a lot more pressure and I see it every day. When I was a student you'd come home from school and forget about your problems for a while. Arguments seemed more innocent.

"These children have no escape. The bullying is following them home with their phones. They're under so much pressure now. It's constant."

Claire started working on the song in an effort to raise awareness of bullying and to get people talking about the issue.

Since uploading the video to YouTube the song has received thousands of hits and many people have been getting in touch with Claire and Becky to comment on how the song has positively affected them.

"We just want to get people talking, sharing their experiences and to understand that they're not alone," said Claire.

"Bullying is everywhere and it affects so many people but it's never okay."

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