Tes helps children tackle online bullying for this year’s Anti-Bullying Week

Education giant Tes launches the second of the Live Lesson series with a new interactive lesson on online bullying with Internet safety experts Childnet.

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November 2022

Schools across the UK will be working to raise awareness during Anti-Bullying Week starting on 14th November. Tes and expert partner Childnet have focused their efforts on the topic of online bullying.

This ‘Live Lesson’ is the second that Tes has released from their year-long programme of free, easy-to-use interactive lessons for schools in a range of subjects and key stages. In this lesson pupils will explore a series of scenarios and get some top tips and advice that they can follow to help deal with and prevent online bullying. It is aimed at key stage 2 pupils and in line with the PSHE (personal, social, health and economic) curriculum that is obligatory in all schools.

The lesson is designed to be run in primary classrooms or halls to many pupils at once, with the clear leaning outcomes of:

  • Knowing the rules and principles for keeping safe online, how to recognise risks, harmful content and contact, and how to report them.
  • Learning how to recognise and report feelings of being unsafe or feeling bad

Tes have partnered with the online expert charity Childnet, whose mission is to work with others to help make the internet a great and safe place for children and young people. Childnet have been creating resources and training for schools and people working with young people for more than 25 years. They also advise governments, policy makers and the internet industry on what they can do to make the internet a safer and more enjoyable place for young people.

The lesson is simple to follow, reiterating three top tips throughout the lesson for children to keep top of mind wherever they are:

  1. Always be kind and respectful online
  2. Be an ‘upstander’ (rather than a ‘bystander’)
  3. Always tell someone (a trusted adult if possible).

The lesson is led by Amy Lockwood, Education Manager at Childnet who said:

“When we're out working in schools, children and young people are always engaged by conversations about how to respond to online bullying. This live lesson with Tes provides a great opportunity to talk this Anti-Bullying Week, and we hope that it helps give young people the confidence they need to take action; whether this is by knowing who they can talk to, reporting within apps, or speaking up to support others”.

Will Gardner, CEO of Childnet added:

“Online bullying is an issue that young people are concerned about, and many will be affected either directly or indirectly by witnessing this online. It is vital that we give young people the skills they need to feel empowered to help keep themselves and their friends safe, and be able to respond to, and report online bullying situations should they arise. Educators and those supporting young people need to have the resources and skills in order to help young people to do this.”

Michael Ross, Headteacher at St Joseph’s School, Upminster added:

“St Joseph’s was thrilled to be involved this initiative with Tes and Childnet. Anti-bullying week is an important part of the curriculum for schools, and we need trusted, easy to roll-out resources to support it.”

Dan Worth, Senior Editor at Tes Magazine said:

“Anti-Bullying Week is a great way for schools to tackle this vital topic across all year groups. Anything that helps raise awareness of online bullying and gives children the confidence to call it out is a positive step. We hope that this lesson along with the teacher guides and online resources available through Childnet help teachers deliver these important skills."

A recent Tes poll* showed that 70% of teachers feared that spending cuts forced by rising costs were likely to prevent them from delivering the broad and balanced curriculum required this year, which is why Tes has partnered with a select number of brands to deliver curriculum-linked lessons with a twist – offering students all over the country new and exciting content across a range of subjects. These easy-to-use video lessons are designed to supplement the new curriculum, giving students opportunities to enhance their learning and teachers the chance to extend their offerings on important topics.