A BOYBAND visited St Bede’s Catholic Middle School on Wednesday, November 14, to talk about anti-bullying and the dangers of social media.
New Kings Order first came to fame after reaching the Judges’ Houses on the X-Factor in 2015.
They were invited to perform at the school following the announcement of their ‘Kingdom School Tour’.
The group, made up of Cardan Jayy, Brad Ryan, Corey Vaughan and Aaron Gonzales (all in their 20s), were keen to speak to the children about important issues.
After performing their new single Basement Party to a screaming sports hall, they sat down to talk about online safety.
Cardan asked the children: “Who here has social media?”
A vast majority of the 9-13 year-old’s hands shot up, all admitting they use either Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or all three.
“In today’s age it’s important to be safe on the internet and to avoid posting too many personal details,” said Cardan.
“It might seem obvious but you never know who is on the other end of the computer.”
Sheffield member Brad admitted to being bullied and also cyber-bullied during his years at school.
He said: “I was picked on by my classmates because I wanted to sing and dance.
“But our message to you is, never give up on what you want to do.
“You can be anyone you want to be and don’t let anyone tell you any different.
“I’m living my dream as a full-time job and if I’d listened to them I wouldn’t have got anywhere in life.”
Children stayed behind after school to buy band posters and have them signed.
Teacher Mrs Bush said: “We’re really glad they came it’s been great fun.”
For more information head to www.st-bedes.worcs.sch.uk