Anti-Bullying Week is an annual event in the U.K. The aim of Anti-Bullying Week is to raise awareness of the many form of bullying, from physical violence to making demeaning comments about a person's race or sexuality. Organised by the Anti-Bullying Alliance, Anti-Bullying Week also provides teachers with the opportunity to send a clear and strong message to children that bullying is neither acceptable nor inevitable in schools and communities.
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What Is Bullying?
This assembly from TeacherNet introduces students to the many forms of bullying and teaches them how to react to bullies. Start by asking the question, "What is bullying" and write up the answers on a sheet of A3 paper. Next, in the main presentation, introduce students to the many forms of bullying--verbal, physical, cyber etc.--and explain that bullying can be very hurtful. Next, ask a volunteer to read out the names of every teacher in the school and explain to students that these teachers must listen to you if you are being bullied and will be able to help. To finish, ask students to reiterate the many forms of bullying and offer suggestions for who they can turn to if they are being bullied.
Songs For Bullying
In this assembly from the Anti-Bullying Alliance, students take centre stage in raising awareness of bullying. One week prior, inform students that they are going to write their own poem, song or rap about the effects of bullying and perform it in an upcoming assembly. Brainstorm beforehand to give them ideas. Allow students to choose their own pairs or groups to perform in and plenty of opportunity for rehearsal. Invite parents to the assembly to see students perform and allow them to vote for their favourite.
This assembly uses the story of Anne Frank to consider, so students can support each other to prevent and respond to bullying. Start with a brief introduction to Anne Frank's life. Use photographs or quotes from her diary, if possible. Ask students to think about how Anne must have felt during her years in hiding and the motivations of those who helped the family, despite the great personal risks. Ask students for ideas about things they can do right now as individuals, friends and as groups to help someone in need. Write the answers on a sheet of A3 paper and display on a school wall.
Supporting Each Other
For this assembly, invite a guest speaker to school who could be considered a helpful person in the community, such as a firefighter or police officer. Ask them to prepare a short speech, five to 10 minutes, about their role in helping others. When they have finished talking, ask students to call out examples of times when they have been helped or been helpful to another. Link this directly to bullying by reiterating the importance of helping someone when they can see they are in distress. Ask students to make a pledge to support each other in the face of bullying.
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