This November it is Anti-Bullying Week. The theme ‘One Kind Word’ is designed to encourage kindness.
by Emma Johnson
The Anti-Bullying Alliance co-ordinates anti-bullying week. This year it takes place 15-19 November.
We all know someone who has experienced bullying and most of us recognise how destructive bullying can be. And yet, somehow it still goes on. Just One Kind Word could make all the difference to the victims. This year, post-pandemic and after the severe isolation we all need to show kindness to others, more than ever.
In 2020, 80% of schools took part in the week long event and it reached 7.5 million children and young people. Following this, the Anti-Bullying Alliance surveyed 400 young people, teachers and parents. The feedback pointed to anti-bullying being about hope, being positive and the kind things we can do to stop hurtful behaviour. From one kind word to saying sorry could be that start we all need to make.
Is your School is Taking Part?
Ask if your school is taking part. Schools can download free teaching resources. Anti-Bullying Alliance patron, CBBC and CBeebies star Andy Day will be right behind the campaign again with his band Andy and the Odd Socks. They plan to release a fun Odd Socks Day tune to showcase the serious message behind anti-bullying. Odd socks represents our differences and those differences are definitely something to celebrate.
Older children can use #AntiBullying Week on social media.