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Anti-Bullying Week 2018: five resources to support young people

From 12 to 16 November, Parent Zone will be supporting Anti-Bullying Week – and its 2018 theme to ‘Choose Respect’

Teaching children how to be kind and respectful to others, stand up to cyberbullying and help boost their self-esteem are all important when it comes to confronting bullying.

Here are some anti-bullying resources to help you support the children and families that you work with:

 

‘Be Internet Kind’ – learning to respect others online

Part of the Be Internet Legends free internet safety programme that we created with Google looks at how young people can ensure they are being kind to others online. The Be Internet Kind pillar teaches KS2 children how to be kind and respectful to others and how to turn negative messages into positive ones. In Kind Kingdom, part of the online game Interland, children can learn to block and report bullies that are spreading negativity all over the virtual land.

 

Boost self-esteem – often both the cause and result of bullying

Some people may bully others when they feel insecure themselves and have low self-esteem. Low self-esteem can also be the result of bullying, with nasty comments and harassment able to knock a young person’s confidence. The Dove Self-Esteem Project has free resources, a series of workshops to help you boost a young person’s self-esteem and body confidence. There’s also a free 40-page parent guide with confidence building activities for families to try out at home.  

 

Learning how to recover from bad experiences online 

It’s important to help young people that have been bullied to be able to recover from the negative experience. A key part of digital resilience is knowing where to seek help and how to recover from bad experiences online. Parent Zone’s Recovery hub contains lots of expert information and support for how to help young people recover from negative experiences, such as bullying, online.

 

Understanding and evaluating negative behaviour online

‘Online kindness’ is one of the key areas of learning in our Digiworld internet safety curriculum and game. Children can explore this part of the interactive game at three different levels, starting from how to identify kind and unkind messages and progressing to being able to 

evaluate negative behaviour online. There are also worksheets that cover online kindness at these three levels, to help consolidate their learning.

 

Offering expert advice and information on bullying

Parent Info is a website and free newsfeed service for schools and organisations working with young people. It’s a collaboration between Parent Zone and NCA-CEOP, providing support and guidance for parents from leading experts and organisations. Here are some of the expert articles related to bullying, ranging from top tips for children being bullied to what to do if your child is the bully.