Anti-Bullying Week 2015
Next week is Anti-Bullying Week, from the 16-20th November.
The Henry Beaufort School are proud to support Anti-Bullying Week, and will be getting involved in a range of activities school-wide to raise awareness. Anti-Bullying Week is run by The Anti-Bullying Alliance which was set up by the NSPCC and the National Children’s Bureau in 2002.
Nearly a quarter of children don’t tell anyone if they are being bullied and a third of children have reported being bullied in the last 12 months – with children five times more likely to be bullied in school than online. Over 16,000 children are absent from school at any one time because of bullying, with over half of 6-15 year olds not knowing how to get help if they’re being bullied. Being a victim of bullying increases the risk of being depressed later in life by more than half, and the bullying others increases the risk of becoming depressed by 30%.
Anti-Bullying Week is designed to help parents and carers have conversations with their children about bullying – both as a way of preventing bullying, and to help children who are worried about bullying. It also aims to encourage ‘talking schools’ where all children and young people are given a safe space to discuss bullying and other issues that effect their lives, and are supported to report all forms of bullying. We want our teachers here at The Henry Beaufort School to be able to respond effectively when children tell them they’re being bullied. Last year, nearly 2,000 teachers and children’s workforce professionals completing the online training about reducing the bullying of disabled children and those with special educational needs, with over 30,000 people downloading the Anti-Bullying Week campaign pack for schools.
Overall, Anti-Bullying Week aims to raise awareness of the impact of bullying on children’s lives if they don’t tell anyone it’s happening – or if they are not given appropriate support – with a focus on the impact on mental health.
The Anti-Bullying Alliance have published some top tips for parents:
- If your child is being bullied don’t panic. Explain to your child that the bullying is not their fault and together you will sort this out.
- Bullying is never acceptable; and should always be taken seriously. It is never your child’s fault if they’ve been bullied.
- Try and establish the facts. It can be helpful to keep a diary of events. If the bullying is online, save or copy images and text.
- Find out what your child wants to happen. Help to identify steps you can take; and the skills they have to help sort out the situation. Make sure you always keep them informed about any actions you decide to take.
- You may be tempted to tell your child to retaliate but this can have unpredictable results. Your child might get into trouble or get even more hurt. Rather – role play non-violent ways they can respond to children that are bullying them (e.g. ‘I don’t like it when you say that to me / do that to me. Stop.’); show them how to block or unfriend people if the bullying is online and help them identify other friends or adults that can support them.
- Encourage your child to get involved in activities that build their confidence and esteem, and help them to form friendships outside of school (or wherever the bullying is taking place).
Further updates on the school's activities will be online soon, but in the meantime, please visit the Anti-Bullying Alliance here, where you'll find a whole host of information. Please also find below an information PDF for parents and carers.