We wish to inform you about the upcoming celebrations of the International Day against Violence and Bullying at School including Cyberbullying on the 4th of November, which this year we will be celebrated under the theme “Tackling Cyberbullying and Other Forms of Online Violence Involving Children and Young People”.
This Day aims to build global momentum to prevent and address cyberbullying and other forms of online violence involving children and young people, by raising awareness of the issue, sharing what works to address it, and mobilizing governments, experts and the educational community.
As countries are responding to COVID-19 at varying stages, the lives and education of children and young people across the world have increasingly moved online. While online access presents opportunities for connection and learning, it is also increasingly putting children and young people at risk of online violence. Evidence shows that in various regions cyberbullying has been on the rise during the pandemic. In Europe, 44% of children who were cyberbullied before COVID-19 report it increased during lockdowns.
We encourage you to spread awareness about this important issue and let us know if you create any events or initiatives to mark the Day. To facilitate this, we will make resources available in multiple languages on the dedicated website including a social media pack. The website will also include a message by the UNESCO Director-General and information on the many activities UNESCO will be involved in.
Don’t hesitate to reach out for more information.
UNESCO team for Health and Education