Anti-Bullying Week throws the spotlight on the activities of the Anti-Bullying Alliance, a coalition of organisations and individuals that work together to stop bullying and create safe environments for children and young people.
This year, the Anti-Bullying Week focus is on getting children and young people to take the lead in using new technologies to promote positive communication rather than being held back by cyber-bullying.
A recent survey, commissioned by legal experts Slater and Gordon and the Anti-Bullying Alliance, revealed that more than half of children and young people in England accept cyber-bullying as part of everyday life, yet parents and teachers, the people they are likely to turn to for help, feel ill equipped to deal with the problem.
It also revealed that 70 per cent of children would turn to their parents if they were bullied online.
However, unfortunately, 40 per cent of parents do not know how to respond or how to set up filters on computers, tablets and mobile phones that could protect their children.
The various ways young people can access the internet can leave most parents overwhelmed by the task.
Many people – including 70 per cent of teachers questioned – think more should be taught at school about online safety.
Luke Roberts, National Co-ordinator of the Anti-Bullying Alliance said: “Our research shows that cyber-bullying is an everyday problem for today’s children, but teachers and parents are not always able to provide the advice and support young people need.
“The solution is better education, not only in the classroom but better training for teachers and support for parents.
“We need a collaborative approach to tackling cyber-bullying, so children themselves can take responsibility for their own safety online and know where to turn for help when things go wrong.
“If we get this right, and make cyber-bullying a thing of the past, our children will be able to enjoy a digital future that is safe, fun and connected.”
The Anti-Bullying Alliance can help with resources for young people as well as information for parents, carers and schools.
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- How to stay safe online
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- Spotting the signs of bullying
- What to do if your child is bullied at school
The Anti-Bullying Alliance defines bullying as the repetitive, intentional hurting of one person or group by another person or group, where the relationship involves an imbalance of power. Bullying can be physical, verbal or psychological. It can happen face-to-face or through cyberspace.
The Anti-Bullying Alliance was established by the NSPCC and NCB in 2002 and is hosted by leading children’s charity, the National Children’s Bureau.