Nov. 9, 2020
Here at 2Simple, we’re supporting this year’s Anti-Bullying Week! The theme for Anti-Bullying Week 2020 is: United Against Bullying. The week will run from Monday 16th - Friday 20th November and will start with Odd Socks Day to mark the first day of Anti-Bullying Week.
‘Anti-Bullying Week is no different. Bullying has a long-lasting effect on those who experience and witness it. But by channeling our collective power, through shared efforts and shared ambitions, we can reduce bullying together. From parents and carers, to teachers and politicians, to children and young people, we all have a part to play in coming together to make a difference. We’re all a piece in the puzzle, and together, we’re united against bullying.’
The anti-bullying alliance has a range of resources to support schools during the week., These include a pack for both Primary and Secondary schools. You can find out more about the resources available here.
The week presents a perfect opportunity to reinforce the messages around what children should do within school if they are being bullied, how to deal with bullies, the role of the bystander and the importance of tackling bullying, both as an individual and as a group because of the long-term effects that bullying has.
We at 2Simple believe that every child should feel loved and accepted and should love and accept those around them and we have a range of resources that schools can use.
Purple Mash offers a whole curriculum area with a range of activities just for Personal, Social and Health Education which includes a special section just for Anti-Bullying Week. These include activities including writing rules for the school to prevent bullying, a beat bullying poster, being honest, letter writing, including others and feelings diagrams, which are perfect for using in KS1. There are also a range of ‘Agony Aunt’ style letter writing templates giving children the opportunity to offer advice.
With the importance of Anti-Bullying week, we have made two of our programmes free for this week on Purple Mash. You can write an anti-bullying webpage with your school explaining ways that bullying can be prevented and why it is wrong. We also have included our beat bullying poster that schools can use during the week
Dot Com Digital provides a unique safeguarding programme that supports children’s personal development and offers a safe environment for them to learn the skills to lead a safe and happy life. Phase 1 is now available for schools and covers Years 1-6 and fulfils the 2020 RSE Statutory framework, alongside this there is a section that is free to all schools and looks at emerging threats and were produced in association with Essex Police.
“It’s very important to draw children’s attention to the fact that bullying is a behaviour. Someone can choose to use bullying behaviour or someone can choose to show kindness to others. Paying attention to language is also key so labels such as bully and victim are avoided and instead we talk about someone who chose to use bullying behaviour and someone who was bullied. It’s also important to discuss the role of the bystander and to talk about how someone who witnesses bullying behaviour can stay safe and still help someone who is being bullied. Use the helping hand network to help children think about who they could tell if they witnessed a person being bullied and wanted to help by telling a trusted person.” Sharon Doughty, creator of Dot Com Digital
We have put a sample pack of lessons from Dot Com Digital together for you to use in school
Why not try out one of the Wellbeing units in our new product Striver to help teach your class how to cope with stress and learn resilience to better their mental wellbeing. Download our Striver trial pack here to get your FREE yoga and mindfulness lessons that you can use during the week.
Mentally Healthy Schools have produced a free toolkit of lesson plans, posters, tip sheets and guidance to help schools address bullying. These free resources will help children and staff come together to unite against bullying in all its forms. Download the toolkit here
Join the 2Simple team on Monday 16th November by wearing Odd Socks. We want to encourage teachers, parents and pupils alike to show their support for Anti-Bullying. Tag us in your pictures so that we can see all your fun sock combinations! You can find out more about the Odd Day Socks campaign and school pack here as well as the odd socks song and can enter the competitions that they are running.