15 November 2018
This Anti-bullying week the focus is on ‘choose respect’. The usual wear odd sock day is also continued on the first day of the anti-bullying week. This year, however, the first ever ‘Stop Speak Support’ cyberbullying day is launched today (15th November) in a bid to tackle cyberbullying and help those affected by it speak up and seek support.
With the rise in social media, technology, and mobile devices increasing every year bullying no longer remains a face to face issue as children are being bullied from their own home through social media and texting. This year has seen a spike in Children suffering from anxiety and depression, self-harming and many other mental illnesses’ as a result of bullying.
What should your child do if they are a victim of bullying or they see someone else being bullied?
1. Take time out – If they see someone being bullied or receiving abuse don’t get involved in negative comments just because everyone else is or they feel pressured to do so to fit in.
2. If they’re unsure about how someone is speaking, make sure they know to ask an adult. If they know someone is saying something they shouldn’t – report it on social media or the site/ app being used. They can also call ChildLine, or any other charity set up to deal with bullying for support.
3. If they see someone being bullied online, encourage them to send them a message to ask if they’re ok and be supportive. Encourage them to tell an adult or someone they can trust
4. Tell someone who is being bullied something positive – bullying is overwhelming but a positive, kind comment can’t help someone feel a little better.
5. Don’t allow the word ‘banter’ to cover someone being mean or bullying someone.
‘Following a consultation with over 800 children, teachers and members of the Anti-Bullying Alliance, it emerged that a top priority was showing that bullying is a behaviour choice, and that children and young people can set a positive example by opting to respect each other at school, in their homes and communities, and online.’ (anti-bullyingalliance).
It is important to educate your children on the fact the bullying is a ‘behaviour choice’ and that circumstances do not allow anyone to bully another person. When discussing bullying and respect with your child remember to remind them that not everyone can agree with each other and we don’t all have to be best friends but we do have to always respect each other.
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