Anti-Bullying Week 2019 takes place from Monday 11 November – Friday 15 November. The theme this year is ‘Change Starts With Us’.
Anti-Bullying alliance who host the week, worked with over 1000 children and young people to decide on the theme. The aims are highlighted on their website and are as follows:
Small change. Big difference.
Whether it is verbal, physical, online or in-person, bullying has a significant impact on a child’s life well in to adulthood. By making small, simple changes, we can break this cycle and create a safe environment for everyone. Because together, we can challenge bullying. Change starts with a conversation. It starts with checking in. It starts with working together.
Change starts here. Change starts now. Change starts with us.’
There are a number of ways that you can get involved and support the campaign from taking part in Odd Socks Day to purchasing merchandise such as wristbands and stickers to share with your friends and family with all proceeds going to help fund this week each year. For more information visit: www.anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk
In light of what this week stands for, I thought I’d share a tiny bit of my own story. My story forms part of our Speak Up, Speak Out campaign and film and it was a privilege to be involved in this.
My experience of bullying started in primary school. I was bullied because of my Christian faith. It made me vulnerable and as I was part of a minority in the classroom, I was labelled weird and different. The bullying I faced made me more determined to stand strong and now I am fortunate enough to be in a position to help others.
The SUSO campaign and the workshops we are launching into schools this month emphasises for me, the idea that we can stamp out bullying if we feel strong enough to speak up and speak out. Much like the theme for anti-bullying week, it all starts with us. Our own experiences and our own voices.