Anti-Bullying Week 2020 – United Against Bullying
16th November 2020
Anti-Bullying Week 2020 takes place between Monday 16th – Friday 20th November. Led and coordinated by the Anti-Bullying Alliance (one of our online safety partners), Anti-Bullying Week provides an opportunity for schools, organisations, and individuals to use their collective power and raise awareness towards this issue that affects lives around the world.
According to the Department for Education (DfE), bullying is defined as “the behaviour of an individual or a group, that repeated over time, intentionally hurts another individual or group either physically or emotionally.” Bullying can exist in many forms and shapes. These can include, but are not limited to:
- Verbal Bullying
- Physical Bullying
- Relational Bullying
- Sexual Bullying
- Social Bullying
Bullying can have a huge impact on student’s lives and their overall wellbeing. That’s why this year’s Anti-Bullying Week 2020 theme “United Against Bullying” is so important.
- According to a report by the BBC, three out of four people report that bullying affected their mental health and nearly half became depressed.
- After experiencing bullying. 33% said that they had suicidal thoughts, while 41% were left feeling anxious.
- 59% of the respondents stated that attitudes towards their appearance were the likely cause of bullying.
- We spoke to 1,000 children aged 9-18, currently in education. One in five (20 percent) said they had been bullied online, and most of them (44 percent) said it happened between May and November 2020, during the lockdown. Read more here.
How to stand “United Against Bullying”
2020 is a year that changed us and that will have a permanent impact on our way of living. As advocates for mental health and wellbeing, we understand how serious the consequences of bullying are to children and young adults. Therefore, we want to provide you with 5 tips on how to minimise the impact of bullying for your students.
- Educate children on what bullying is. Increased awareness and knowledge on the matter can help students identify signs of harm.
- Set clear and enforceable rules. If a student breaks them or they are caught bullying a peer, hold them accountable.
- Keep an eye out for cyberbullying. With online communication now a main channel for building relationships and exchanging information, bullying online presents a big risk for students.
- Have open communication. Many students will spend their school year at home, making it harder for teachers to spot signs of bullying. Therefore, having open and consistent communication is key.
- Spot the warning signs. Have you noticed constant confrontation between two students or isolation? Struggles with attendance, concentration, sleep, problematic behaviour? These are just some of the warning signs of bullying you should look out for. For more information click here.
Get involved this Anti-Bullying Week 2020
Show your support and stand “United Against Bullying” by getting involved in one of the many activities below:
- The Anti-Bullying Alliance has prepared social media assets that can be uploaded on school’s social platforms. Check them out here.
- Speak about bullying in your lessons. Raise awareness and speak out about bullying. Give children a chance to share their experiences openly and learn how you can help them in the future.
- The Odd Socks Day competition is a great way to engage students during Anti-Bullying Week 2020. In 2019, more than 5 million children participated. Read more about it here.
- Another great activity to join in is the #WearBlue4Wellbeing organised by Bullying UK. They are asking that schools, organisations, and individuals wear blue on the 13th November in support of reducing bullying.
Our team proudly joined the #WearBlue4Wellbeing activity and we encourage you to do the same. Every small step towards ending bullying counts.
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