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Anti-Bullying Week

11th – 15th November 2024

 Choose Respect

In our daily lives, we share spaces with many people—family, friends, classmates, colleagues, and strangers. Each person has a story, dreams, and feelings, just like you. Respect is the foundation of all positive interactions. It’s about understanding, valuing, and appreciating each other, regardless of our differences.

Choosing respect means listening when others speak, valuing their opinions, and responding with kindness. In our communities, respect builds trust and unity. It turns strangers into neighbours and neighbors into friends. Respect isn’t just about big actions. It’s in the small, everyday choices we make. It’s in standing up against bullying behaviour, appreciating diverse cultures, and helping those in need. Too often we are silent when we see bullying taking place, silent about the hurt bullying behaviour causes and silent when we hear bullying behaviour being dismissed as ‘just banter’.

It doesn’t have to be this way. Of course, we won’t get on with everyone and we won’t always agree, but it doesn’t have to lead to bullying. We can choose respect, kindness and unity. Each of us has the power to choose respect. It’s a choice we make every day, in every interaction.

From the Playground to Parliament and from our Phones to our Homes, this anti-bullying week (and beyond), BulliesOut are calling on everyone to Choose Respect . Together, we can create a world where respect is the norm. Choose Respect. It’s the path to a brighter, more inclusive future.

Our Call To Action

Children and young people will start a national conversation about how to handle disagreements and differences of opinion without resorting to bullying behaviour. The idea is to support each other to champion kindness, because being kind is not a sign of weakness but a mark of strength.

  • Millions of people are affected by bullying behaviour and it can leave a person feeling devastated. But, if we challenge it, we can change it. So let’s all start by Choosing Respect.
  • Let’s start a national conversation to encourage children, young people and adults to handle disagreements and differences of opinion without resorting to bullying behaviour and insults. Let’s start by Choosing Respect.
  • Support is vital to those affected by bullying behaviour so whether in schools, the community, at home, in the workplace or online, let’s all Choose Respect and champion kindness, because being kind is so important and really does #makeadifference.
  • Reflecting on our own behaviour, setting positive examples and creating kinder communities is the responsibility of everyone.  Children and young people, parents and teachers, influencers and politicians, we all need to Choose Respect and if we see bullying happening, support one another. Together, we can be the change we want to see.

Our Plans for Anti-Bullying Week

This year, as usual, we will be delivering our many workshops and training programmes in schools and youth settings.

Schools will be able to download free activity resources and purchase our activity kits.

Our Patron and Ambassadors will be supporting the campaign.

For older children, social media is an important part of Anti-Bullying Week, and a great opportunity for schools to share with the education community how they’ve embraced the anti-bullying message. Research from the Anti-Bullying Alliance showed that last year, you helped #AntiBullyingWeek trend at No.1 on Twitter and reach over 44 million users on TikTok.

In the coming months we will: 

You can keep informed and support Anti-Bullying Week by signing up to our mailing list or becoming a member of BulliesOut, and follow us on Social Media #AntiBullyingWeek

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Need to talk?

If you are being bullied or are concerned about someone who is, you can receive help and support from one of our trained Mentors through our e-mentoring service.

If you would like a Mentor to email you, please contact: mentorsonline@bulliesout.com

If you would rather speak to someone over the telephone, you can call Childline on: 0800 1111

For any community-related issues, such as anti-social behaviour, we would suggest contacting your landlord, the local police or your local environmental health department (where applicable), as we are unable to deal with these types of complaints.