Today is the start of Anti-bullying Week, which places a really important focus on the prevalence of bullying and the damaging effects it has on children. At Forest & Sandridge CofE Primary School, we dedicate a wealth of time and resources every year to preventing and eradicating bullying.
Anti-bullying Week is organised annually by the Anti-Bullying Alliance (ABA), a unique coalition of organisations and individuals united against bullying. Their vision is to “stop bullying and create safer environments in which children and young people can live, grow, play, and learn.” This is a vision that is shared by our school and The White Horse Federation.
Throughout the week, children at Forest & Sandridge will take part in a range of activities that raise their awareness of the impact of bullying. We will ensure they know how to respond to bullying and what to do if they see someone else being bullied.
A key focus of our activities will be cyberbullying and online safety. The children will be taught how to stay safe online and how to react if they are concerned about someone’s online behaviour. To complement the in-school teaching, we will also be providing parents with hints and tips on how they can help keep their children safe online.
Although this week is an opportunity for us to focus and address the issue of bullying, we would like to reassure parents, pupils, and staff that every effort is being made throughout the year to make our school a safe, enjoyable, and bullying-free environment.