The spotlight was shone on bullying this week by the Anti-Bullying Alliance. Bullying is still a big problem for young people and with the introduction of social media and technology, the nasty comments don’t stop at the school gates any more.
It is for this reason awareness has to be brought to the attention of pupils, teachers and parents. During this week, lots of fun activities have been taking place from wearing odd socks to recognition for teachers or school staff that have helped young people being bullied.
This year’s campaign promoted the idea that people are All Different, All Equal with aims to empower young people to celebrate what makes everyone unique. There’s a Lady Gaga song in there somewhere.
Martha Evans, National Coordinator of the Anti-Bullying Alliance, says: “When we spoke to children, again and again they told us they wanted Anti-Bullying Week 2017 to focus on celebrating what makes us all unique. Being able to express yourself should be every child’s right, free from fear of bullying or ridicule, and yet many children struggle to find that acceptance. We’re looking forward to seeing how schools take action to put this right, and showing how we are All Different, All Equal.”
Celebrating what makes everyone different is something that we should all embrace. During this week, free activities took place across schools with pupils sharing their experiences and how they want bullying to change in their schools.
This year’s theme was based on the views of 600 young people during a survey, which highlighted how important anti-bullying week is. We think this is a very apt way to look at school life.
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