An education expert says that schools need to engage with children so that they have “empathy and understanding” when it comes to bullying.
John Rees, from the Anti-Bullying Alliance, argues that children need to be taught “social acceptance or learn social skills ” in order to prevent bullying in schools.
This coincides with Anti-Bullying week across the UK, starting from 13th to 17th of November.
He believes this will help children to be “kind and tolerant of other people” who may be feeling lonely or upset.
Anti-Bullying week across the UK will teach pupils what to do if they are being bullied or how to report a bully at school.
“no child is born racist, it is something they ACQUIRE along the way”
John rees, education consultant”
An estimated 3.2 million students are victims of bullying each year. Approximately 160,000 young adults skip school everyday because of bullying, according to Do Something.
Bullying can also happen online.
Mr Rees argues that “you can’t just give children an injection of this at fourteen,” social skills and morals must be taught in early years. He adds; “No child is born racist, it is something they acquire along the way.”
Stay Safe has some advice for those who are being bullied:
- Avoid situations where you may be alone with the bully.
- Avoid situations where you may be confronted by the bully.
- Walk away if you see the bully approaching.
- Tell a parent or teaching about any bullying – even if it is against someone else.
- Don’t cry or show temper – it may be what the bully wants to see.
Mr Rees is apart of the Anti-Bullying Alliance which arranges “Anti-Bullying Week” around schools in the UK.
Libby Hurworth, 16 year-old student at Nottinghamshire Academy, tells how she felt upon watching an Anti-Bullying Week presentation.
Anti-bullying week highlights the serious effect bullying can have on victims and seeks to reassure children that they aren’t alone.
This scheme has been running since 2015, where it was previously called ‘Make a Noise about Bullying.’
If you are suffering from bullying, or suspect someone you know is, there are organisations that can help you:
- Childline: 0800 1111
- Bullying UK: 0808 800 2222
- National Bullying Helpline: 0845 22 55 787