Anti-Bullying Week takes place this year between 16 & 20 November, wiht a theme this year of ‘United Against Bullying’.

There are a lot of resources on the national Anti-Bullying Alliance website, as well as resources for schools and other organisations. They will also be sharing messages on social media, which you can pass on. Cornwall Council also has some social media messaging around this:

Video 1 – Hannah from Headstart talking about connecting with the people we love, emphasising being kind to people.

Video 2 – Hannah, talking about being kind to one another, and being aware of others having different situations and reactions to the current pandemic – same storm, different boats.

Video 3 (Launching on Friday, and we’ll update the link once it’s shared) – Hannah talking about reimagining the future for every child, supporting children to know their rights.

The local anti-bullying resources are on the Healthy Cornwall website.

This includes specific support to tackle cyber bullying, racist, disablist, and homophobic bullying.

It is also important to be aware that bullying isn’t just limited to children. Workplace bullying, or other forms of bullying among adults are also common, and also not acceptable.

ONS statistics on bullying

For the first time, the Office for National Statistics is able to provide Estimates of the prevalence and nature of online bullying among children using data from the 10 to 15-year-old’s Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW).

There is no legal definition of bullying, but it is often described as behaviour that hurts someone else, physically or emotionally, and can happen anywhere – at school, at home or online.

Their headlines are:

  • Around one in five children aged 10 to 15 years in England and Wales (19%) experienced at least one type of online bullying behaviour in the year ending March 2020, equivalent to 764,000 children.
  • More than half (52%) of those children who experienced online bullying behaviours1 said they would not describe these behaviours as bullying, and one in four (26%) did not report their experiences to anyone.
  • Being called names, sworn at or insulted and having nasty messages about them sent to them were the two most common online bullying behaviour types, experienced by 10% of all children aged 10 to 15 years.
  • Nearly three out of four children (72%) who had experienced an online bullying behaviour experienced at least some of it at school or during school time.
  1. In the survey, children were first asked to identify any nasty things that had happened to them or been done to them from a list of behaviours commonly recognised as bullying. Children were later separately asked whether or not they would describe their experiences mentioned as “bullying”.

You can read their full report here.