This year’s Anti-Bullying Week theme is ‘We’re Better Without Bullying’, highlighting the effect bullying can have on achievement. Set up by The Anti-Bullying Alliance in 2006, Anti-Bullying Week, from 19-23 Nov aims to make it clear that we do not accept bullying in our schools, clubs and teams, and to create environments where all children can develop their skills and talents.
Seven ways to take action
Get yourself along to The Science of Bullying Roadshow
Your child’s school, college or youth club can book the 2012 Anti-Bullying Roadshow which is touring the UK and abroad from the 15th October – 7th December 2012. Actionwork describe it as “the best and most amazing roadshow we have ever created. You will be amazed, you will be entertained and you will want more. The Roadshow is powerful, fun and exciting.” The Roadshow showcases a variety of strategies in dealing with bullying and highlighting ways to empowerment and can also be complimented by additional creative interactive workshops.
CyberMentors is all about young people helping and supporting each other online.
For kids who are being bullied, or feeling a bit low, or are maybe troubled by something and are not sure what to do or who to talk to, then CyberMentors is where they can go for help. CyberMentors are young people too – many young people have said that they would prefer to speak to another young person about bullying. CyberMentors are young people why have who have been trained and are volunteering their time online to help.
Join in the Anti-Bullying Week competition
Actionwork’s 2011 free anti-bullying week competition was on the theme ‘Stop and Think Words Can Hurt’. There were over 350 entries from young people all over the UK, including films, pictures, poems, stories and cartoons. The youngest entrant was 3 years old and the oldest was 18 years old. Actionwork’s free anti-bullying competition is running now until 14th December 2012 and you can be in with a chance of winning £100 worth of goodies for your school or college, plus prizes for yourself. Check out some of last year’s moving entries and then send in your own.
Have a party to raise money for BeatBullying
BeatBullying is proud to be celebrating its 10th Birthday this Anti-Bullying Week and they want everyone to be able to join the party and help make bullying unacceptable. The Ultimate Mission is to help bring even more people to the party by holding your very own fundraising party for your school, friends and family. Every pound you raise makes an impact and by getting your friends and school involved, you are helping make a huge difference to the lives of children across the country, by giving them the best present of all…a friend when they need it the most.
Find out about Anti-Bullying Week on Facebook
For media-savvy kids, there is the opportunity to hook up with Anti-Bullying Week on Facebook and keep up with all the events and activities happening across the UK. As social media bullying is on the rise, joining Anti-Bullying Week on Facebook sends out a powerful message for youngsters who want to take control and empower themselves.
Get your child’s school to host an Anti-Bullying Workshop
Actionwork is touring a series of creative anti-bullying interactive workshops throughout 2012 for schools and other insitutions to choose from. They are currently taking bookings for anti-bullying workshops during 2012 and 2013 including: Introductory anti-bullying workshops for large and small groups Creative cyberbullying workshops Peer mediation training Peer support workshops Updating your schools anti-bullying policy Anti-bullying teacher training
Watch the Making the Difference film, made by young people
During 2004 and 2005 Actionwork has been working with the Department for Education and Skills (DfES) making an anti-bullying film. At the request of the Government, Actionwork got together a group of young people, trained them up in facilitation skills and basic camera and filming techniques, then toured all over the country with them to primary and secondary schools. Watch it here.