Alison Field, Families and Professionals Advisor (Child Enquiries) shares some information about this year's Anti-Bullying Week:
I do hope the return to school, and the autumn term so far has gone well for everyone. However, I appreciate the transition back to the school routine may have been a little tricky. With the recent return to school and the current news articles about mobile phone use in schools, it’s important to acknowledge that social media can have a real draw for teenagers. Making friends may be easier online than at school and out in the community. The ‘unwritten rules’ of social media can be very confusing such as thinking before you share information (especially taking care when posting photos), keeping passwords safe and to know who you are ‘talking’ to.
Did you know that young people with disabilities are significantly more likely to experience bullying (including online bullying) than their peers? Latest research from the Anti-Bullying Alliance shows that 36% of pupils with SEND experience bullying compared to 25% of those without SEND. Every November, the Anti-Bullying Alliance organise an ‘Anti Bullying Week’. The aim of this initiative is to raise awareness of bullying in schools and elsewhere, and to highlight ways of preventing and responding to it.
The theme in England, Wales and Northern Ireland this year is MAKE A NOISE ABOUT BULLYING and in Scotland it is LISTEN UP (RESPECT OUR RIGHTS); with the aim of doing something positive to counter the harm and hurt that bullying causes and encouraging children and young people from across the UK create kinder communities. It could well be that your child’s school are involved - if not, do encourage them. The awareness week begins with Odd Socks Day on Monday 13th November, which is where adults and children wear odd socks to school or the workplace, to celebrate what makes us all unique.
This is being supported by CBBC and CBeebies star Andy Day along with his band Andy and the Odd Socks. Here is the link to the song they released for Odd Socks Day last year: https://youtu.be/NNR2eyOzLKw
We are eagerly awaiting a new song for 2023!
If your workplace or child’s school does take part in Odd Socks Day, we’d love to hear about it or see some photos! You may like to use the template to design some socks too.
In England, Wales and Northern Ireland the awareness week is co-ordinated by the Anti-Bullying Alliance.
In Scotland it is co-ordinated by Respect Me.
(Please see our 'Snippets of Advice' blog regarding online safety for more information about using the internet safely.)