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Anti-Bullying Week 2012

With Anti-Bullying Week running from November 19 to 23, Lauren Seager-Smith from the Anti-Bullying Alliance explains how schools can get behind the campaign.

This year’s theme for Anti-Bullying Week is “We’re better without bullying”. 

To some, this may seem obvious. You may be thinking: “We’ve had this message for years now. We’ve put up the posters, we’ve held the assemblies. In fact, we’ve done all we can.”

Unfortunately, bullying has not gone away. Each new year brings new characters and new challenges. The dominance of online social networking in the lives of young people means that each new day brings the turbulence of last night’s Blackberry Messenger or Facebook chatter. And strains of family life in this time of recession take their toll on the behaviour of our children and young people as they struggle to make sense of who they are, where they belong, and what the future holds. We can only become “better without bullying” if we take action every day in our schools and communities.

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