Anti-Bullying Week 2018: Choose Respect

This week marks the start of anti-bullying week, which hopes to eradicate bullying in all its forms

Anti-Bullying Week 2018: Choose Respect

Choose Respect is the theme for this year’s Anti-Bullying Week, which hopes to encourage people to think about the impact their words will have on others. 

Organised by the Anti-Bullying Alliance, the week long campaign runs from 12 November until 16 November. The campaign is spearheaded by CBeebies presenter Andy Day and his band The Odd Socks.

It’s fitting then that the week kicked off with Odd Socks Day, where people are encouraged to wear odd socks in celebration of individuality and show that everybody is unique.

Mr Day is quoted in the Evening Standard saying: "It’s a well-known fact that encouraging acceptance of individuality at an early age can help prevent bullying later in life.”

It seems as though there is a long way to go to eradicate bullying however. A survey conducted by Bullying UK found that 81% of young people experienced name calling, and 55% experienced social bullying, and 40% received physical bullying. 

Additionally, 60% of parents said their children needed medical attention arising from bruising. 

More than half of parents questioned said their children had taken time off school because of bullying, although with 34% of children experiencing cyberbullying, it can now happen anywhere. 

65% of teachers feel that it is difficult to keep on top of bullying, even though 86% of schools deliver lessons on bullying, and 95% of schools have an anti-bullying policy in place. 45% of schools have involved the police because of bullying incidents. 

If you want to take part in Anti-Bullying week, you can follow the movement on social media by using the #antibullyingweek and #abw18. You can also find other ways to support the campaign by visiting the Bullying UK website


Tom Inniss

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Tom is the Editor of Voice. He is a politics graduate and holds a masters in journalism, with particular interest in youth political engagement and technology. He is also a mentor to our Voice Contributors, and champions our festivals programme, including the reporter team at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe..

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