We’re better without bullying

Published on Tuesday, 24 July 2012 12:43
Written by Lauren Seager-Smith

With Anti-Bullying Week running from 19-23 November, Lauren Seager-Smith from Anti-Bullying Alliance, which is hosted by the National Children's Bureau, explains what the campaign aims to achieve and how you can help a child who is being bullied

We're better without bullying

This year's theme is 'We're better without bullying', and shines a light on the effect of bullying on achievement. We know that bullying can lead to children missing school, failing exams, dropping out of sport, avoiding extra-curricular activities and limiting their life choices and through this year's theme the Anti-Bullying Alliance hopes to:

  • Raise awareness of the affects of bullying on the achievement of children and young people
  • Encourage children and young people to challenge bullying that takes place in their schools and clubs, and to support one another to achieve their best
  • Encourage schools and clubs to create environments where bullying is not tolerated and where all children and young people feel encouraged and supported to take part
  • Work with schools and other youth club providers to empower children with special educational needs and disabilities to take an active role in developing anti-bullying policy and practice in schools and clubs
  • Raise the esteem and resilience of children and young people who have been victims of bullying.

What can you do to help?

If you discover a child is being bullied then it can be difficult to keep a cool head, but it's important not to panic – your role is to stay calm, reassure them that help is at hand and provide a quiet place where they can talk openly about what's happening. If a child tells you they're being bullied:

  • Listen and reassure them that coming to you was the right thing to do: It may not be easy for a child totalk about being bullied so it is important to try to findout how they are feeling, what has happened, whenand where. Though at this stage it is not so much about establishing a set of facts as encouraging, talking and listening.

  • Assure them that the bullying is not their fault and that you are there to support them: remind them that they can also have the support of family and friends.

  • Find out what the child or young person wants to happen: help them to identify the choices available to them and the potential next steps to take; and the skills they may have to help solve the problems.

  • Discuss the situation with the child's school: the law requires all schools to have a behaviour policy which sets out the measures that will be taken to encourage good behavior and respect for others and to prevent all forms of bullying among pupils.Parents can also get advice and support from the Family Lives helpline on 0808 800 2222

For more advice, information and ideas about how to get involved in this year's Anti-Bullying Week visit www.anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk

And remember - 'We're better without bullying.'

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