Anti-Bullying Week in England is coordinated by the Anti-Bullying Alliance and this year is from the 16th – 20th November. Now Press Play are doing everything we can to support the campaign.
The theme for this year’s campaign is ‘Make a Noise about bullying’ with the #antibullyingweek.
Bullying feeds on silence and fear. Children need encouragement to know that they are not alone, to know that it is ok to speak out against bullying and to know that being different should be celebrated and not ridiculed. Parents need to be able to feel confident in tackling these issues and being able to talk openly with their children about bullying; and teachers needs to be empowered and given the resources to prevent bullying and help those who are being bullied. If bullying is not dealt with from a young age it can have a severe impact on mental health and can affect children into their adult lives.
The Anti Bullying Alliance have set out the key aims of Anti-Bullying Week 2015…
- 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.
Here at Now Press Play, we have our very own ‘Bullying Experience’ especially designed to tackle this topic, aimed at KS2 children. In our experience, children will
- Experience bullying both in person and online and deal with peer pressure.
This then helps children to recognise when bulling is happening both to themselves and to others. This will then empower them to speak up when they see this happening either at school or at home.
- Become a bully themselves.
This helps the children to understand why people bully and to see that being the bully isn’t big, clever or funny.
- Face the consequences of their actions and attempt to make amends.
This shows the children how bullying can affect others and how much work must go in to building the bridges that bullying tears down. This can help them be more at ease when talking about bullying and tackles the mental health issues faced in later life.
As well as being a fantastic experience for the children, the pack also contains a teacher resource pack which links the bullying experience to maths and literacy activities, a storyboard and a fun factual quiz; giving teachers plenty of resources to tackle this subject with their classes.
There are also lots of fantastic resources online from The Anti Bullying Alliance, you can download them here: http://bit.ly/1LeQIVn
To sign up for your free demo, simply fill out your details on our website.
Make sure you support Ant-Bullying Week 2015 by using the hashtag #antibullyingweek