Anti-Bullying Week 2018 is happening from 12th - 16th November and has the theme Choose Respect.
Following a consultation with over 800 children, teachers and members of the Anti-Bullying Alliance, it emerged that a top priority was showing that bullying is a behaviour choice, and that children and young people can set a positive example by opting to respect each other at school, in their homes and communities, and online.
The aims of this week are to support schools and other settings to help children and young people, school staff, parents and other professionals who work with children to understand:
The definition of respect
That bullying is a behaviour choice
That we can respectfully disagree with each other i.e. we don't have to be best friends or always agree with each other but we do have to respect each other
That we all need to choose to respect each other both face to face and online
The Anti-Bullying Alliance have ideas, resources and information on their website so head over there to find out what you can be doing this year to send a clear message that your school is choosing respect over bullying: https://www.anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk/anti-bullying-week/anti-bullying-week-2018-choose-respect
Odd Socks Day for Anti-Bullying Week will take place again on the first day of Anti-Bullying Week (12th November). This is a great opportunity for students (and staff!) to wear their best odd socks for the day to express their uniqueness, and lets face it...EVERYONE has a pair of odd socks!