This week (12th-16th November) is Anti-Bullying Week, with events and activities taking place in schools across the UK. This great event is organised by the Anti-Bullying Alliance, a group of organisations and individuals, working together to achieve their vision to:
Stop bullying and create safer environments in which children and young people can live, grow, play and learn.
The ABA has three main areas of work:
Supporting learning and sharing best practice
Raising awareness of bullying through Anti-Bullying Week and other campaigns
Delivering a programme of work at a national and local level to help stop bullying and bring lasting change to children’s lives
Anti-Bullying Week 2018
The theme for this year’s Anti-Bullying Week is to choose respect over bullying.
Following a consultation with over 800 children, teachers and members of the Anti-Bullying Alliance, it emerged that a top priority was showing that bullying is a behaviour choice, and that children and young people can set a positive example by opting to respect each other at school, in their homes and communities, and online.
The aims of this week are to support schools and other settings to help children and young people, school staff, parents and other professionals who work with children to understand:
The definition of respect
That bullying is a behaviour choice
That we can respectfully disagree with each other i.e. we don’t have to be best friends or always agree with each other but we do have to respect each other
That we all need to choose to respect each other both face to face and online
Stop Speak Support Cyberbullying Day
Thursday 15th November will be the first ever Stop Speak Support Cyberbullying Day. Cyberbullying continues to be a significant issue for young people today:
1 in 5 teenagers in England have experienced cyberbullying in the last two months
Children who have been cyberbullied are more likely to be depressed, anxious and lonely
Stop Speak Support provides pupils with a code of conduct for young people to use online to recognise and minimize cyberbullying.
You can download fantastic Primary School, Secondary School and Stop Speak Support information packs from the ABA website here.
The information in this blog post originated on the Anti-Bullying Alliance Website. Find out more here.
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