This week our theme is anti-bullying—choose respect. This is the theme of the Anti-Bullying Alliance and therefore the them of Anti-Bullying Week 2018, which falls on 12th—16th November.
This means choosing respect over bullying. We’ll be discussing the meaning of respect and discussing how we can respect ourselves and others, how we can learn to disagree with the opinions of other’s whilst still respecting those opinions, how we can moderate our behavior to accommodate the wishes and feelings of others and how respect or bullying is a matter of choice.
Following a consultation with over 800 children, teachers and members of the Anti-Bullying Alliance, it emerged that a top priority was showing that bullying is a behaviour choice, and that children and young people can set a positive example by opting to respect each other at school, in their homes and communities, and online.
The aim of this week is to help young people to understand:
- The definition of respect
- That bullying is a behaviour choice
- That we can respectfully disagree with each other i.e. we don’t have to be best friends or always agree with each other but we do have to respect each other
- That we all need to choose to respect each other both face to face and online