In the news… bullying

This week is National Anti-Bullying week, and while many schools across the country are raising awareness, British rapper Tinie Tempah has teamed up with Cartoon Network to launch CN Buddy Network: Be A Buddy Not A Bully.

“This is a very real issue that affects kids of all ages across the UK every single day. I saw it happening when I was at school and by being there for the kid who was being picked on, I helped him see that he wasn’t alone.” Says Tinie.

It’s so important that kids understand that bullying is never acceptable.

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Recent statistics suggest that eight out of ten teachers believe bullying is a problem in their school, yet almost half of them don’t feel equipped to deal with it.

The National Anti-Bullying Alliance, set up by NSPCC and the National Children’s Bureau, is committed to reducing bullying. The challenge is huge and getting bigger in the UK:

  • 1 in 10 children have reported being bullied
  • 44 per cent of children have witnessed another pupil being bullied in the last 12 months
  • 25 per cent of children (or over 2 million children) worry about bullying
  • Over 8 out of 10 young people with learning difficulties have experienced bullying
  • Primary school pupils with special educational needs are twice as likely to suffer from persistent bullying

Image: (c) Anti-Bullying Alliance

 

Martha Evans, Senior Programme Lead at the Anti-Bullying Alliance says:

“Bullying is a behaviour choice, one which parents, carers, teachers and the community must work together to change at grass roots level; educating the school and wider community that bullying in any form is wrong, and that any environment that encourages bullying, or shows indifference to prejudice and discrimination is unacceptable. Now is the time for children and young people to take the lead on changing behaviour and to stop bullying for all.”

If you are concerned that your child is being bullied or want to know how to encourage inclusive behaviour, visit the Anti-Bullying Alliance website.

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