Pupil power against provocative pop videos

Year six pupils at Sharp Lane Primary, in Leeds.
Year six pupils at Sharp Lane Primary, in Leeds.
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Pupils in Leeds are urging raunchy pop stars to clean up their act.

Youngsters at Sharp Lane Primary are demanding that provocative pop stars ditch their dirty videos and become inspirational role models.

Year six pupils have launched a campaign to encourage their classmates to focus on good role models and say ‘no’ to the power of twerking.

They have handed out leaflets to parents to encourage them to be careful about what their children watch on television.

Youngsters have also penned their own song called “That’s What Makes A Role Model” to the tune of One Direction’s “What Makes You Beautiful”.

Holly Wilson, arts specialist teacher, said: “The class agreed that provocative pop stars made them feel uncomfortable when they watched videos like Miley Cyrus, Nicki Minaj and Lady Gaga.

“They talked about why they felt uncomfortable and what it was these pop stars are doing.

“We created a survey and pupils sent it to their friends and families. The biggest thing was that children’s access to these videos was too easy.

“We wrote a tip sheet for parents to help children keep safe and then we turned the subject around to talk about positive role models.

“They said that just because you are showing off your body doesn’t mean you are popular and successful.

“If you are talented, then that should simply be enough and this is what they should be aspiring to.”

Youngsters in another class at the primary school, in Middleton, are raising money for Macmillan.

They are hoping to raise hundreds of pounds for the charity to help support families whose lives have been touched by cancer.

The school’s two campaigns are part of the nationwide Go-Givers project.

The initiative aims to empower children to engage in the wider community through education relating to different subjects such as the law, democracy and society.

Sharp Lane Primary pupils will discuss their two campaigns at Leeds Metropolitan University, alongside other schools across the city, later this week.

Ms Wilson praised their efforts and added: “It is quite aspirational for them and this has helped them to feel empowered to make a difference when they get together.

“It is something we wouldn’t usually do in schools but this is something they are passionate about and they have learned a lot as well.”

“And they are quite excited to present their ideas next week.”

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