‘Choose Respect’

Anti-Bullying Week 2018 takes place from the 12th-16th November.

Broxtowe Women’s Project are proud to support and promote Anti-Bullying week. The theme for Anti-Bullying Week 2018 is ‘Choose Respect’.
The aim of this week is to support children, young people and their parents, alongside schools, support staff and other professionals 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 but we do have to respect each other
• That we all need to choose to respect each other both face to face and online

Bullying can happen at any time or anywhere – a child can be bullied online when they are alone in their bedroom trying to relax or do homework – so it can feel like there’s no escape. Bullying can be detrimental to a child or young person’s self-esteem and may lead to mental health issues such as
• sadness, depression and anxiety
• low self-esteem
• social isolation
• self-harm
• suicidal thoughts and feelings
(NSPCC, 2016)

Within our newly established, dedicated children’s service promoting healthy relationships is a big part of our ethos. We endeavour to educate, support and advocate on behalf of all the children and young people accessing our service. Important issues such as bullying, respectful friendships and being safe online are discussed regularly as we understand the harmful impact bullying and abuse can have on children and young people’s lives.

Get involved and let’s raise awareness to highlight the devastating impact of bullying. Have your say on twitter, Instagram and Facebook using the hashtag’s:

#antibullyingweek2018 #chooserespect.

Broxtowe Women’s Project would like to take this opportunity to highlight some of the dedicated agencies parents and children can access for support around bullying.

Childline has launched a smart phone app titled ‘For Me’ to enable children to access support as easily as possible. Watch the you tube video below.

There is a fantastic interactive tool for parents worried about bullying on the Anti-bullying Alliance website:
https://www.anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk/tools-information/advice-parents/interactive-anti-bullying-tool-parents

Some other useful websites

https://www.childline.org.uk/

https://www.bullying.co.uk/advice-for-young-people/

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/child-abuse-and-neglect/bullying-and-cyberbullying/

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