Anti-Bullying Week 2013
This Anti-Bullying Week calls on children and young people to take the lead on creating a future without bullying - using new technologies to promote positive communication rather than being held back by cyberbullying.
Safer Internet Day 2014 will take place on the 11th February 2014, with the theme 'Let's create a better internet together'. The Anti-Bullying Alliance and ABA member Childnet International will be working together to connect the two campaigns so that schools and colleges can plan activities throughout the school year to prevent cyberbullying, promote e-safety and create a positive online world.
So, be creative and make sure your school takes part in marking Anti-Bullying Week this year! We will be providing ideas and resources so keep checking the website between now and November. You can also visit the Annti-Bullying Alliance website at http://www.anti-bullyingalliance.org/
*See our Training, Courses and Conferences page for forthcoming events*
Woodfer's World - autism awareness resource
'Ambitious about Autism' have launched a new teaching resource to help stop children with hidden disabilities from being bullied at school. 'Woodfer's World' comprises a CD featuring 4 stories about Woodfer, a squirrel who is different and a handbook for teachers containing learning opportunities, hand-out sheets and family activities.
Sophie Lancaster Foundation Resource for Schools
The Sophie Lancaster Foundation has launched an educational game for high schools and other educational establishments that shows young people how easy it is to be more tolerant and open their minds to accept all people, despite their lifestyle or appearance. The Sophie Game will be a paid for resource available for teachers to use in schools and other Youth Workers across the UK.
All Leicestershire high schools should be receiving their copy of this resource, however the Anti-Bullying Team also have a copy which we would be willing to loan out to schools/educational settings.
Please follow the link below for more information about the Sophie Lancaster Foundation and this resource:
Spring Term Newsletter 2013
DfE: Preventing and Tacking Bullying. Advice for head teachers, staff and governing bodies.
This document has been recently updated from its previous publication.
Ofsted briefing, September 2012 - Exploring the school's actions to prevent homophobic bullying.
Updated in September 2012, an inspection briefing from Ofsted around school's reponses to homophobic bullying.
'Who Cares about Bullying'...?
Leicestershire County Council, Leicester City Council and Rutland County Council have been working in partnership to produce an anti-bullying leaflet specifically for children in care.
The content and design have come from a working group of children in care from all 3 local authorities and the leaflet was successfully launched during Anti-Bullying Week.
The aim of the leaflet is that all children and young people in care will be given one by either a social worker/LAC Nurse or carer, who will go through it with them and write down their contact details on the detatchable card on the back so that young people know who they can go to if they are feeling worried about bullying.
Free software for Parents and Carers
The ABA is excited to announce a new partnership with Argos that will help to educate families about staying safe on line. The free safety software uses trusted Norton technology so younger family members can enjoy the internet whilst protecting them from the cyber-bullying'. Parents can easily monitor, track and block inappropriate content whilst setting time limits and also keep an eye on their children's favourite social networking sites. For your free download go to http://www.argos.co.uk/static/ArgosPromo3/includeName/norton-anti-virus.htm
'Keeping Kids Safe' - cybersafety advice from O2
O2 have produced some useful guidance aimed at parents with information about helping to keep children safe when using technology:
'Staying Safe Online' leaflets
The Anti-Bullying Team have been working in partnership with the Valuing People Team to produce a suite of easy read leaflets to help readers stay safe when using the internet.
The leaflets are designed primarily for adults with learning disabilities but are also easily accessible for primary aged children and/or young people with learning disabilities.
Copies are available to download below:
'Trapped'- A healthy relationship resource
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Leicestershire’s Anti-Bullying Team have launched a groundbreaking new DVD resource. ‘Trapped’ is suitable for an audience of young people in Year 10 and above or age 15+. Developed to explore the issues of healthy and abusive relationships with young people.
The resource is now available, free of charge to all Leicestershire Schools. Independent schools/academies will be required to pay for a copy. This can be done by filling in the order form below:
Below is a list of recent DfE publications relating to bullying and behaviour:
Also, Ofsted's framework for School Inspection from January 2012, which clearly outlines bullying and behaviour as key areas:
Throwing Stones - an anti racist bullying resource
Leicestershire County Council and Leicester City Council have been working in partnership to create an interactive anti racist bullying resource for schools. Throwing Stones was originally a VHS resource consisting of a short film and resource pack. To bring it up to date, this has now been transformed into a website, making it more easily accesible:
New DfE Guidance for 2011 'Preventing and Tackling Bullying'
This advice replaces previous advice – Safe To Learn: embedding anti-bullying work in schools. It outlines, in one place, the Government’s approach to bullying, legal obligations and the powers schools have to tackle bullying, and the principles which underpin the most effective anti-bullying strategies in schools. It also lists further resources through which school staff can access specialist information on the specific issues that they face.
The Team have produced a guidance sheet on working with targets of bullying. This is intended to give advice for professionals or parents who want to explore feelings around this issue.
Cyberbullying and One-Off Inappropriate Messages:
Advice for Teachers and Headteachers.
The information below has been written by The Anti-Bullying Team to provide guidance and advice on how to deal with inappropriate messages received by pupils online or on a mobile phone.
New Peer Support information leaflet for professionals
The Anti-bullying Team have been working with Leicester City to create a reference leaflet for anyone looking for more information on peer support schemes. This may be anything from how such schemes differ, to what is involved in setting a peer support system up.
Our termly Anti-Bullying Newsletter is back! These will be published here, as well as on EIS (Education Information System).