Anti-bullying

Hateful online messages. Nasty rumours. Regular, mean comments. Exclusion from social groups. Physical threats and attacks. Bullying comes in many different forms and it affects millions of people.

According to children’s charity UNICEF, over half of school children around the world have been bullied – that’s about 150 million people. The study showed that those bullied were more likely to have trouble sleeping at night. They were also more likely to skip school.

Other long-term effects of bullying can be feelings of shame and anxiety – as well as a higher risk of illness.

Recently, the internet has made it possible for bullying to happen all the time – not just at school or in the playground. One in three young people in 30 countries have been bullied online. Children surveyed in the UNICEF study agreed that social media, like Instagram and Snapchat, were the most common places for online bullying.

In 2018, UNICEF brought together 100 young people from around the world to fight against bullying and violence in schools. The children involved created a list of three promises for their project, #ENDviolence: be kind, report violence, take action.

How will you fight bullying this week?

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Assembly

To mark anti-bullying week, The Day’s tailor-made assembly asks the following questions: Why do people bully? What kinds of bullying are there? How can we unite against it? Explore the slides in a presentation ready to use for school assemblies, complete with videos, images and teacher notes.

Activities

  1. “Social media should be banned to prevent bullying.” Come up with three arguments for and against this statement.
  2. With your classmates, make your own video or write a play that encourages others to fight bullying.