Did you know that almost half of all children in the UK experience some form of bullying?
This might be physical abuse, cruel name-calling or cyber bullying (such as hurtful messages online). Bullying can have a serious impact on the rest of a person’s life. Victims often have low self-esteem. Sometimes, they might start bullying others.
Next week is Anti-Bullying Week, organised by the Anti-Bullying Alliance (ABA). The theme this year is “Change Starts With Us”.
What changes can we all make to end bullying and make the world a happier place? Often, small things can make a big difference. If you know someone has been bullied, try making friends with them or asking how they are. If we are all looking out for each other, we can stop bullying from happening again.
“Change starts with a conversation,” says the ABA. “It starts with checking in. It starts with working together. Change starts here. Change starts now. Change starts with us.”
By making small changes, “we can break this cycle and create a safe environment for everyone”.
Remember, if anyone you know is being bullied, encourage them to talk to a teacher or family member about it. You can also try contacting Childline on 0800 1111.
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CBBC has lots of helpful videos about bullying, including the stories of victims and advice on what to do about it.
- Write as many positive messages as you can to members of your class. Try to make sure everyone is involved — everyone deserves to feel appreciated.
- As a class, create an anti-bullying display inspired by the theme “Change Starts With Us”. Make sure you all work together to contribute something.