Anti-Bullying Week 2022 will be taking place from 14 November to 18 November.
Anti-Bullying Week (ABW) is dedicated to raising awareness about bullying and how to prevent it. It was created by the Anti-Bullying Alliance in 2004 and has been supported ever since. The objective of anti-bullying week include;
- Raising awareness of bullying and the effect it has on the lives of young people.
- To create an environment where everyone understands that bullying is not acceptable.
- To ensure adults and young people know how to address bullying.
How can your school get involved?
To mark this week, schools are invited to participate in a lesson activity that the Department of Education developed in collaboration with the DCU Anti-Bullying Centre.
The lesson activity aims to help your school community to take the opportunity to ‘drop everything and reflect’ on the link between your school’s values and how these values can prevent and address bullying. The Minister for Education Norma Foley TD is looking forward to seeing how you display the value statement you create during Anti-Bullying Week 2022.
Below are Lesson Activities the Department of Education developed in collaboration with the DCU Anti-Bullying Centre. The lesson activity aims to help your school community to take the opportunity to ‘drop everything and reflect’ on the link between your school’s values and how these values can prevent and address bullying.
How to Enter
To share your statement, please submit images of your poster, WordCloud, video, mural, banner, poem, Value Tree, pledge or display etc. using this link. A selection of the visuals you share will be displayed on the Tackle Bullying website.
Some other ideas your students might like!
Here are five different ways your school can mark Anti-Bullying Week:
Run a poster competition
Have your students brainstorm ideas around the topic of anti-bullying and have them create a poster of how they interpret it. Encourage them to think about how different bullying situations can be resolved. Maybe suggest drawing a new anti-bullying symbol or ask them to draw a scene.
Have a film day
Some of the most famous films out there highlight bullying as a big part of their plot. Host a movie afternoon in your classroom to raise awareness of bullying among your students. Movie ideas on this topic include; Mean Girls, Matilda, and The Karate Kid.
Do a quiz on bullying
In the digital age, young people are quite involved in things on the internet, which is a part of their everyday life. Create a quiz on Kahoot about cyberbullying and play it with your class.
Create a Post-It Wall
Have each child contribute to the message wall with kind and thoughtful anti-bullying doodles or messages. Display the post-its on a board or a wall in the classroom as a reminder for people.
The message of the day
Display a kind message of the day on the board or wall. It can be inspired by the post-it wall. Get the students involved in planning what the message of the day should be. Each day of the week could highlight a different type of bullying.
The Anti-Bullying Alliance has created school packs to share with your class. Click on the links below to access their school packs and get involved in their “Reach Out” Campaign.