ANTI BULLYING WEEK 2020
16th - 20th November
Anti-Bullying Week is aimed at sending a clear and positive message that bullying is neither acceptable nor inevitable in our schools and communities. This week, we will be focusing on bullying and how we can continue to prevent it within school.
WHAT IS BULLYING?
For Anti-Bullying Week, it’s important to discuss with children what bullying actually is. This way they can identify it if it happens in class and everyday life, and understand why it is wrong.
Bullying is any deliberate behaviour that is done to hurt or upset someone over an ongoing period of time. As such, it can happen anywhere that there are people, such as schools and places of work. Bullying can be done by an individual or a group of people in many different ways.
TYPES OF BULLYING:
This includes Verbal bullying, whereby someone is hurt through vicious words, name-calling or statements.
Physical bullying occurs when perpetrators physically cause harm to another person. Resultantly, bullies can exercise control over another and gain a sense of power. This type of bullying can vary from pushing and shoving to kicking, slapping and punching. This makes it the easiest form of bullying to identify and confront.
In contrast, Cyber Bullying is one of the most challenging forms to see and prevent. When occurring through the Internet, smartphones and social media, perpetrators can remain anonymous, whilst victims could suffer in silence. Cyber-bullying has no fixed location but instead could occur anywhere, from school property to a child’s home. In a world where social media and the use of smartphones is ever-increasing, cyberbullying deems particular importance for the protection and wellbeing of young children.
DID YOU KNOW?
- Before the age of 18, 45% of young people have experienced some sort of bullying.
- Over 16,000 children reject going to school because of bullying.
- 7/10 people from age 13-22 have experienced cyberbullying.
THIS IS WHY WE NEED TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT!