The Anti-Bullying Alliance (ABA) is calling on all schools in England to take part in Anti-Bullying Week 2009, which takes place 16 -20 November. The focus will be on cyberbullying – the use of information communications technology (ICT), particularly mobile phones and the internet, to deliberately upset someone else. Research has found that more than a third of 12-15-year-olds have faced some form of cyberbullying.
This year’s campaign âStay safe in cyberspace’ offers schools a wealth of opportunities to explore the serious issue of cyberbullying. As with all bullying, the experience of being cyberbullied can be very painful for those who are the targets. Schools and communities can use Anti-Bullying Week 2009 to address issues around cyberbullying in a positive way, involving the whole school community in tackling the problem.
To help plan for Anti-Bullying Week 2009, ABA has sent a resource pack to every school in the country. The pack is full of essential information to support anti-bullying work, and the materials and complementary online resources highlight links to the national curriculum. The resource pack is also available to download from the ABA website
The resource pack includes advice for parents and carers on how to deal with cyberbullying, a summary of the DCSF guidance on cyberbullying, ideas from Young ABA for children and young people, stickers and an order form for ABA pin badges, logobugs, pencils and posters highlighting this year’s theme.
Additional guidance is also available for Further Education colleges, including guidance for senior management and student support teams, and anti-bullying tutorial sessions
Beat Bullying resources
The charity Beatbullying are also inviting schools and young people to take part in a competition to design a new “Cybermentors Widget” for the Cybermentors website, during anti-bullying week.
The competition deadline is 5pm on Friday 27th November 2009 and entries can be posted or emailed to beat bullying. Winners will be announced on the CyberMentors and Beatbullying websites the following week. The completion template, examples and entry details can be found here
Beatbullying have also launched a set of lesson plans, activities and assemblies for schools to use during anti-bullying week which are available here
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