Anti-Bullying Week: how are you marking it?
In this blog, written by our coordinators SWGfL, we share the resources you can use from the Anti-Bullying Alliance to mark Anti-Bullying Week this week. We also signpost to other resources you can use around bullying in the future.
This month is Anti-bullying month in the UK and is coinciding with Anti-Bullying Week from the 16th – 20th November 2015.
The campaign is coordinated by the Anti-Bullying Alliance and they have lots of great resources that any organisation can use to get involved – video, campaign packs, logos, merchandise and ideas on how to show support and share your message against bullying on social media. For schools and youth organisations there are also educational resources – for children in Primary and Secondary schools and helpful guidance for schools.
It’s great that the spotlight on bullying is extra bright this month, but it doesn’t stop there. Bullying is an everyday challenge for so many young people and education on this topic is crucial.
SWGfL Digital Literacy Curriculum
Our team have developed a free Digital Literacy Curriculum which provides schemes of learning for all year groups, from Foundation Stage to Key Stage 5. These are based on Common Sense Media’s Digital Literacy and Citizenship Curriculum, which empowers learners to think critically, behave safely, and participate responsibly in our digital world.
The curriculum has two modules focusing specifically on Cyberbullying and Digital Relationships & Communication and provides lesson plans and resources to suit pupils of all ages.
SWGfL is proud to be one of the European partners tackling bullying across Europe through the Enable (European Network Against Bullying in Learning and Leisure Environments) Project.
ENABLE is a European Commission-funded project from 2014-2016 with the aim to combat bullying and contribute to the well-being of children and young people through a holistic approach. What is unique about this project is that it looks at the empirical understanding of the causes and effects of bullying and effective counter-measures. The ENABLE resources, targeting ages 11-14, will consist of 10 SEL (Social and Emotional Learning) lessons that fit into the school curriculum alongside everything a school will need to implement a Peer Mentoring Programme. The ENABLE resources are being piloted in the UK at the moment and will be rolled out from January 2016.
Professionals Online Safety Helpline
The UK Safer Internet Centre has been funded by the European Commission to deliver the Professionals Online Safety Helpline, a service to support professionals who work with children and young people in the UK, specifically tackling the area of e-safety.
Based in our Exeter office, our Helpline team can provide support with all aspects of digital and online issues which includes cyber-bullying, social networking sites, sexting, online gaming and child protection online. We can also help resolve issues professionals face about themselves, such as protecting professional identity and reputation, as well as young people in relation to online safety.
UK Safer Internet Centre Resources
So there are many ways to get involved in Anti-Bullying Week 2015 – however big or small – everyone’s voice or stand against bullying matters. Let’s make a noise about bullying!