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Anti-Bullying Week 2018: Choosing respect

How can we use discussions about respectful disagreement to help stop bullying? Ahead of Anti-Bullying Week, Martha Evans considers how schools can support children to ‘Choose Respect’

We don’t all have to be best friends but we do all have to choose respect. Anyone who spends much time on Twitter will appreciate its ability to present different points of view on an issue.

The diverse opinions that often co-exist around every possible topic – from parenting to politics, pets to pop stars – can stimulate discussion, make us laugh, or let us see life from another person’s point of view.

But it also illustrates how difficult some people find it to disagree and yet remain courteous and respectful to others. Too often those 280 characters descend into name-calling and spite.

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