Schools and Youth Groups Encouraged to register for Anti-Bullying Week

Schools and youth groups across Northern Ireland are being encouraged to register for this year’s Anti-Bullying Week and to submit entries for its creative competition before the deadline of Friday October 16.

This year’s Anti-Bullying Week will run from November 16-20 with the theme “What Bullying Means To Me,” and will focus on gaining an understanding of what bullying is all about.

Northern Ireland Anti-Bullying Forum’s (NIABF) Regional Anti-Bullying Coordinator Lee Kane commented: “Earlier this year the Minister for Education announced plans to introduce new anti-bullying legislation to the Northern Ireland Assembly.

“This legislation aims to provide a single, common definition of bullying for use in all schools in Northern Ireland.

“NIABF defines bullying as ‘the repeated use of power by one or more persons intentionally to harm, hurt or adversely affect the rights and needs of another or others.’

“We are urging teachers, youth workers, parents and carers to speak to children and young people about this year’s Anti-Bullying Week theme, ‘What Bullying Means To Me,’ so that we can improve our understanding of bullying wherever it takes place, either in school, in the playground, in our communities or online.

The entries for the creative competition are split into three categories: art, creative writing and movie, all with the theme ‘What Bullying Means to Me.’

Register online at www.endbullying.org.uk to download a competition entry form and receive a free resource pack.