Anti-bullying Week, coordinated by the Anti-Bullying Alliance (ABA), took place 13 - 17 November this year with a theme of "All different, all equal".
According to a 2016 study from the Department for Education, 40% of children experienced bullying behaviour last year.
Bullying can and does happen in sport, just like it does in all kinds of environments. That's why we supported the campaign in a sports context and encouraged our partners to do the same.
Showing support on social media
We supported the campaign on social media by sharing our anti-bullying week infographics, using the hashtag #AntiBullyingWeek. We also saw some fantastic contributions from the sports sector.
During the week, the Royal Foundation Taskforce on the Prevention of Cyberbullying, which consists of a number of industry partners ranging from the Diana Award to Sky and the BBC, launched its online campaign #StopSpeakSupport. We shared this through our webinar and Twitter feed.
The campaign, aimed at 12 to 14-year-olds, is part of an industry-wide response to the online bullying of young people. It aims to advise young people what to do if they see something online that makes them feel uncomfortable.
The short video that was launched as part of the campaign encourages young people to:
- stop – rise above the situation and don’t share negative comments or pictures
- speak – speak out to a trusted adult or friend about what they’ve seen
- support – offer support to those affected
This campaign can also be a helpful tool in the sports sector and can be shared with young people in your networks to empower them to deal with negative behaviour online.
Empowering young people to speak out about bullying
We presented a live webinar on bullying during the week, where we looked at:
- the impact bullying has on young people
- how organisations can identify bullying
- how organisations can move from a reactive to a proactive approach to negative behaviour that can develop into bullying
We heard from the CEO of Just Like Us, Tim Ramsey, who told us about his experiences of being different in school and university. Tim also told us about the great work his organisation does to tackle homophobia in schools and explained the role of its ambassadors, who support young people even further, giving them the confidence to be themselves.
You can listen to a recording of the live webinar online and download the presentation.
We’d like to encourage all of our partners in the sports sector to continue the good work of Anti-bullying Week by continuing to create an ethos in your organisation where bullying isn’t acceptable.