According to Ditch The Label, 43% of young people in the UK have been bullied; this is a startling fact and highlights the essential need to educate children about the issues surrounding bullying. There’s an abundance of anti-bullying resources available to educators, but it’s no mean feat for teachers to have to find the most effective strategies and resources to put into practice with their pupils. For this reason, we’ve gathered together 10 of the best anti-bullying resources available to help you prevent, deal with and really make a noise about bullying in your school.
1) Best for KS2 debates – BullyingUK hosts an array of excellent free anti-bullying activities. There’s a great debate activity for getting your class to discuss the controversial and current issues around bullying, as well as a comic strip template, flashcards and a ready-made assembly presentation. We also like this brilliant video asking ‘is it bullying or banter?
2) Best for teacher training – It’s important that your school has a shared understanding of what is bullying and what isn’t. The Anti-Bullying Alliance shares a free online training module for school staff to help them understand bullying and the difference between relational conflict and bullying. There’s a nice PowerPoint presentation and supporting ‘Is it bullying?’ activity too as well as these 50 awesome ideas for anti-bullying week.
3) Best for celebrity advice – The Anti-Bullying pro website offers videos of well-known celebrities sharing their bullying stories as well as advice and tips from the familiar faces for anyone who is worried about bullying.
4) Best for KS1 – Our pals at Twinkl offer an abundance of brilliant bullying resources! You’ll find posters, worksheets, good friends certificates, discussion cards and much more!
5) Best for primary games – If it’s engaging games and activities to play in class that you’re looking for, then Kidscape offers some lovely ideas that celebrate difference and promote inclusive behaviour. There’s also a brilliant booklet with advice for primary aged children.
6) Best for friendship – There are activities galore on the End Bullying Now! Website. They include activities about understanding the difference between good and bad behaviour in friendship and helping children understand how their words and actions affect others. We especially like the ‘you’ve got a friend in me’ Toy Story scenarios! There are also useful facts, tips and information for Parents, Carers & Teachers included.
7) Best for inclusivity – Stonewall offer education resources to tackle homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying in education. There’s a toolkit for both primary and secondary schools to help you get started as well as a free DVD for primary schools to help explore gender stereotypes.
8) Best for video clips – CBBC’s anti-bullying clips, guides and advice are super child-friendly and allow children to learn about bullying issues in a fun way. There’s a selection of short videos as well as celebrity interviews and a cyber-bullying quiz.
9) Best for social media advice – If it’s bullying on social networks you’re looking to discuss in school then Childline has a comprehensive guide to dealing with bullying on each of the networking sites. Especially useful for educating upper key stage 2 and secondary pupils.
10) Best for cyberbullying – With online platforms being increasingly accessible for children, cyber-bullying is becoming more and more of an issue. The Cybersmile foundation offers a variety of cyber-bullying lesson plans dependent on the age group you’re teaching. They cover everything from explanations of cyber-bullying, key vocabulary and statistics, to different forms of online bullying.