• By Amanda Blackburn.

Anti-Bullying Week, difference and equality!


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.

I am so proud of my daughter for helping someone who was bullied. She had been coming home worried about a boy that she knows who has a long term illness, he also has a few other problems that affect his ability to understand sarcasm and mean comments. Some children that my daughter knew were taking advantage of the boy's lack of understanding.Throwing things at him, making jokes about his clothes... you get the picture. This all happened when there was no adult supervision. My daughter was so worried about him, she didn't want to snitch but couldn't bare to see him taken advantage of. My daughter reported it to an adult and the bullying towards this person has since stopped. 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!


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