Choose respect over bullying

We must make clear that bullying is a behaviour choice. As such, how can we encourage children to choose respect and play their part in preventing bullying? Martha Evans introduces the themes for Anti-Bullying Week 2018

Each year at the Anti-Bullying Alliance we engage with teenagers during Anti-Bullying Week. There often seems to be a barrier to them responding: they can think that they are too old to talk meaningfully about bullying.

So, what can teachers do to reignite the conversation with teenagers?

We asked children and young people what they thought and we heard time and again that the way we talk about bullying is often “babyish”.

It is true that we can spend a lot of time talking to very young children about bullying, telling them that we need to “all be friends” and “be kind”.

These are good points and very important, but what if people just don’t like each other, or disagree with each other – as older children often do?

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