Change Starts With Us - Anti-Bullying Week 2019
Published on 08/11/19
Did you know that more than 24% of children surveyed by the Anti-Bullying Alliance said that they are bullied once a week or more?
In association with 02, the ABA carried out a survey of over 1,000 eleven to sixteen year olds to find out the scale of bullying experienced by young people today.
Nearly one child in every classroom (3%) said that they are bullied every day.
Anti-Bullying Week 2019 runs from the 11th to the 15th November and this year, the theme is 'Change Starts with Us'.
What is Bullying?
The Oxford English Dictionary categorises bullying as ‘when individuals or groups seek to harm, intimidate or coerce someone who is perceived to be vulnerable’ and the NSPCC have advised that It can ‘involve people of any age, and can happen anywhere – at home, school or through technology (cyberbullying)’.
Bullying can be verbal, physical, emotional, online or a mixture of all of the above. It can feel never-ending and can have serious, long-term effects on the victims such as depression, sadness, self-harm, social isolation and low self-esteem.
When a child is being bullied, they may withdraw into themselves, not want to go to school or may change – physically or emotionally.
What does 'Change Starts with Us' mean?
The goal of this years event is to inform everyone that it takes a collective responsibility to stop bullying. By making small, simple changes, together we can break the cycle of bullying and create a safe environment for everyone.
The Anti-Bullying Alliance are asking individuals, parents and schools to help with their campaign by:
- Listening to children and young people and taking their concerns seriously
- Having a conversation with anyone they think is struggling, to ask if they're okay
- Thinking about the impact of words and actions, how they can hurt others and how they can be perceived - remembering that children often copy their adult role models.
- Being aware on social media and making sure not to 'like', comment on or share hurtful posts
- Campaigning for social media and gaming platforms to change the way they address bullying and for them to set children's default privacy settings to the highest level
- Understanding the technology that children use and speaking to them directly about bullying using these platforms and how to report it.
- Recording how much bullying is occurring, especially in schools and education settings, and understand the 'hotspots' where this is more likely to happen - such as the journey to and from school.
What can schools do to help?
Schools can raise awareness of this years event by:
- Holding lessons and assemblies highlighting the damaging effects of bullying, how to report it and how to deal with bullying situations.
- Join in the positive conversations on social media by using the hashtags #AntiBullyingWeek, #ChangeStartsWithUs and by tagging @ABAonline.
- Wearing Odd Socks to school on the 12th November (and submitting an optional £1 donation to help raise awareness and money for the Anti-Bullying Alliance).
- Entering the Odd Socks competition to win a visit to your school by Andy and the Odd Socks.
To help your school get involved, we’ve compiled a handy list of resources for you to use during Anti-Bullying week this November (and any time after):
- Anti-Bullying Alliance Resources, Information and Lesson Plans
- NSPCC – Protecting Children from Bullying and Cyberbullying
- Cyberbullying – What it is, What to do and How to Deal with It
- Internet Matters – Keeping Children Safe Online
- Bullying UK
- Young Minds - Bullying
Remember: SMALL changes can make a BIG difference
Three quarters (73%) of children said that adults needed to step up to help tackle the problem, and a quarter (25%) said grown-ups were not good role models for online and face-to-face behaviour. Some children reported having seen grown-ups bullying each other either in the community (10%) or online (9%). Nearly a quarter of children (23%) said their parents had not spoken to them about bullying.
anti bullying alliance - report 2019