Anti-Bullying Week, difference and equality!


Monday, 13 November 2017

#standupagainstbullies

Image description

Anti-Bullying Week is coordinated by the Anti-Bullying Alliance and takes place this year from 13th - 17th November and is supported by Safe to Net.

The effects of bullying can have a massive impact on all individuals, whether that is at school, work, college or socially. Anti-bullying week shines a spotlight on bullying and encourages all children, teachers, parents to take action against bullying throughout the year. The theme this year is 'All Different, All Equal!’

Talk with your children not only this week but always, empower your children to celebrate what makes them and others unique.Talk about how important it is to just be yourself. If children understand how important it is that every child feels valued and included whilst being able to be themselves, this will help stop bullying.

Work with your child’s school find out how your child’s school deal with bullying. Do they talk to the children about bullying, difference and equality? If they don’t, encourage them to, it’s so important to celebrate what makes us ‘all different, all equal’. Encouraging them to take individual and collective action to prevent bullying will create safe environments where children can be themselves.

Last week I was so proud of my daughter for helping someone who was being bullied. She had been coming home worried about a boy in her class that has Cerebral palsy, he also has a few other problems that affect his ability to understand sarcasm and mean comments. Lots of the other children in my daughter’s class have taken advantage of the boy's lack of understanding. Throwing things at him, making jokes about his clothes... you get the picture. Of course, this all goes on when the teachers are not around. I told my daughter to mention it to the teacher and the teacher actually told my daughter that, “it’s ok, he’s had it all his life so he’s used to it!” As you can imagine when my daughter told me this I was not very happy. What sort of example was the teacher setting to say it’s ok for this boy to be bullied because he doesn’t really understand. She should be teaching the children not to be mean. My daughter was so worried about him, she didn’t want to snitch but couldn’t bare to see him being taken advantage of. He had already complained himself to the teachers about them throwing things at him so he was upset. We have spoken with the teacher and she is very sorry for what she said and has promised to deal with the matter. I’m so proud of my daughter and her kindness towards others, she even stood up for the boy and told them all off when they were being mean. #standupagainstbullies like my daughter, make the world we live in a better place!