The Key Aims
of Anti-Bullying Week
- To empower children and young people to make a noise about bullying – whether it is happening to them or to someone else, face to face or online;
- 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;
- To encourage ‘talking schools’ where all children and young people are given a safe space to discuss bullying and other issues that affect their lives, and are supported to report all forms of bullying;
- To equip teachers to respond effectively when children tell them they’re being bullied; and
- 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.
in Anti-Bullying Week
- Email your MP and ask them to show their support for tackling bullying in our schools, communities and online by attending our Anti-Bullying Week event in the Houses of Parliament on 19th November.
- Make a noise about bullying on social media this Anti-Bullying Week! Download our cartoon speech bubble, write your anti-bullying message on it and post a selfie online of you with it using the hashtags #MakeaNoise #antibullyingweek
- Schools and Colleges can enter our prize draw by tweeting or emailing us photos or videos of what they are up to for Anti-Bullying Week. Submit entries using the hashtag #MakeaNoise via Twitter @ABAonline or on email to email@example.com. You could win £100 of High Street vouchers for your school or books from Penguin Random House. Entries open from 16-27 November.
- Download the official Anti-Bullying Week campaign pack
- If you are fundraising for the Anti-Bullying Alliance, particularly if you are fundraising in school, please check out the Institute of Fundraising's advice
- If you work in a school - schedule in assemblies and lesson activities to support the week. Assembly and lesson plans available from Resources
- Share this year's logo on your website, social networks and resources. The suite of logos can be downloaded from Resources
- Download the Anti-Bullying Week 2015 logo and share on your social networks.
- Plan an event where you live to help raise awareness of Anti-Bullying Week 2015. Some young people also like to use the week to raise money for the work of the Anti-Bullying Alliance through sponsored activities. For ideas download the Anti-Bullying Alliance campaign pack
- Follow the Anti-Bullying Alliance on Facebook and Twitter and tell us what you're planning for Anti-Bullying Week 2015 using #antibullyingweek.
- Take part in our amazing Anti-Bullying Week 2015 competition
- Get in touch if you have great examples of ways you have a made a noise about bullying where you are. We can share these on the ABA website and social networks and with appropriate permissions, they may make good case studies for the national press. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
for Parents and Carers
- 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).
ABA and Red Balloon Learner Centres have worked in partnership to produce 'Information for Parents and Carers on Bullying' (pdf document). The guide includes advice on supporting your child with bullying issues, information on bullying and the law, and guidance on how to make a complaint about bullying.