Anti-Bullying Week 2009
Monday 29 June 2009
Now a regular feature of the school calendar, the Anti-Bullying
Alliance (ABA) Anti-Bullying Week shines a light on bullying,
sending a clear and positive message that bullying is neither
acceptable or inevitable in our schools and communities.
This year's Anti-Bullying Week campaign 'Stay safe in
cyberspace' focuses on cyberbullying - the use of information
communications technology (ICT) - particularly mobile phones and
the internet deliberately to upset someone else.
Cyberbullying is a growing concern. Because cyberbullying is
indirect and may be perceived as anonymous, we know that it is not
always taken as seriously as other forms of bullying. However,
children and young people tell us that it is just as painful and
how it can follow them around everywhere they go.
"I felt that no one understood what I was going through. I
didn't know who was sending me these messages, and I felt powerless
to know what to do"
Whilst for many young people the internet and mobile phones are
a positive and productive part of their lives, they can also be
used negatively. Older primary school children also need to
understand how they can use these technologies safely and
constructively as they make the transition to KS3.
Anti-Bullying Week Resource Pack for schools
ABA will be sending every school in England a free Anti-Bullying
Week 2009 resource pack on cyberbullying. Keep an eye out for the
pack - it should arrive at your school during the week of 14th
September, and includes:
- Briefing material for school leaders and governors
- Information ideas and resources for teachers - including how
you can use technology simply and imaginatively in anti-bullying
- Links to curriculum and ABA resources
- Materials for parents and pupils (can be photocopied)
There will also be a poster to support your anti-bullying work
and stickers to help your school community unite against
ABA is the leading coalition of anti-bullying organisations.
With more than 60 members ABA works all year round to reduce
bullying, and to create safer environments where children and young
people can live, grow, play and learn.
Our objectives are to:
- raise the profile of bullying and the effect it has on children
and young people's emotional health and well-being, life chances
- create a climate in which everyone agrees that bullying is
unacceptable and is committed to tackling it in order to improve
outcomes for children and young people.
- ensure that teachers and other adults working with children and
young people, and young people themselves, are equipped with the
skills and knowledge to address bullying effectively.
Visit the ABA website now to
find out more about the work of ABA and our plans for Anti-Bullying