Website promoted to support Anti-bullying week

Posted by on Nov 10, 2011 in Latest news, Safeguarding, Young people | No Comments

 

Young people in Dudley will stand up against bullying next week by supporting national Anti-Bullying Week.

The week runs from November 14-18 and aims to prevent and respond to issues of bullying in school and the wider community.

This year’s theme is ‘stop and think – words can hurt’ and focuses on tackling verbal abuse.

As part of the week’s activities, safe & sound,Dudley’s community safety partnership, and the Children and Young People’s Partnership have teamed up to promote the borough’s anti-bullying website.

The site features a number of video clips, which can be viewed on the website and on you tube, which show young actors playing out situations of physical bullying, being left out, peer pressure and being called names.

The clips aim to highlight the different forms of bullying, the serious implications of it and ways young people can get help.  They can be viewed by visiting the site www.safeindudley.org/bullying

In addition to the website, young people in the borough can also get involved in the week by pledging what they will do to prevent bullying and a young people’s debate will take place in the council chamber on Wednesday 16 November sparking a lively discussion around the week’s theme ‘stop and think – words can hurt’.

Information about bullying for parents, children and practitioners can also be found on the council’s website www.dudley.gov.uk

Many schools and youth settings inDudleywill also support national events including stand up at11amwhich also includes a minute silence and Blue Monday, both are on Monday 14 November.  Blue Monday encourages people to donate money and wear blue to work or school.

Councillor Tim Wright, cabinet member responsible for community safety, said:

“The video clips on the website were produced by young people inDudley, and really highlight the distressing situations some youngsters find themselves in.  I hope young people across the borough will support Anti-Bullying Week and visit the site to find out more and to get help.

“Bullying is unacceptable in any form and Anti-Bullying Week is about raising awareness of how serious it can be.”

 

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