Date to celebrate - November 16-20 - Anti-Bullying Week

16th October 2009 at 01:00

What's it all about?

Every November, Anti-Bullying Week sends a message that bullying is neither acceptable nor inevitable in schools. This year, the focus is on cyber-bullying. Research has found that more than a third of 12 to 15- year-olds have experienced some form of cyberbullying, usually through the internet or mobile phones.

Classroom ideas

Show pupils that technology can also be used to tackle bullying as well as perpetrate it, perhaps by setting up an anti-bullying website where they can post their views or share confidences.

You could take pupils through an interactive social networking exercise so they can see the risks of using sites such as Facebook and MySpace. For more information see the Digizen website www.digizen.orgcyberbullying.

If you want to broaden things out, why not get pupils to create their own anti-bullying policy that can be voted on by the school in assembly during Anti-Bullying Week. Pupils could then design posters to illustrate the new policy or even distribute flyers around the school.

Help, I've got no time to prepare

The Anti-Bullying Alliance has a free resource pack for schools, available to download from www.anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk. This includes a list of 10 tips for beating cyberbullying.

Where do I get more information?

The TES website has several resources linked to Anti-Bullying Week. Visit www.tes.co.ukanti-bullying-week for more details.

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