Children, teachers, parents and carers in England are being urged to ‘Make a No!se about bullying’ – the theme of this year’s Anti-Bullying Week, which takes place 16-20 November
The aim of the week is to encourage a frank and open discussion about an issue that blights the lives of many children with often unforeseen consequences, including suicide.
Co-ordinated by the Anti-Bullying Alliance (ABA) the week’s key aims are:
- To empower children and young people to make a noise about bullying – whether it is happening to them or to someone else, face to face or online;
- To help parents and carers have conversations with their children about bullying – both as a way of preventing bullying, and to help children who are worried about bullying;
- To encourage ‘talking schools’ where all children and young people are given a safe space to discuss bullying and other issues that affect their lives, and are supported to report all forms of bullying;
- To equip teachers to respond effectively when children tell them they’re being bullied; and
- To raise awareness of the impact of bullying on children’s lives if they don’t tell anyone it’s happening – or if they are not given appropriate support – with a focus on the impact on mental health.
A wealth or resources are available for Anti-Bullying Week from ATA’s website, including a campaign video, an official campaign pack, assembly and lesson plans, and a cartoon speech bubble for use on social media.
Last year Special World reported on the issue of bullying directed at children with special educational needs. You can read our article here.