Anti-Bullying Week and World Kindness Day are annual events which take place in November and this year, perhaps more than ever, we need to ensure we spread the message of kindness and tolerance.
The theme for Anti-Bullying Week 2020 is United Against Bullying. The Anti-Bullying Alliance has a full programme of events and activities for the week including Odd Socks Day, a fun opportunity for children to express their individuality, and Stop Speak Support to focus on cyber-bullying.
The Anti-Bullying Alliance has worked with over 300 young people and 100 members of school staff to develop a 2020 manifesto for change:
"Bullying has a long lasting effect on those who experience and witness it. But by channelling our collective power, through shared efforts and shared ambitions, we can reduce bullying together. From parents and carers, to teachers and politicians, to children and young people, we all have a part to play in coming together to make a difference."
Odd Socks Day is on Monday 16th November, the first day of Anti-Bullying Week, and we are encouraged to wear odd socks to school or work (in the home office!) to highlight that we are all unique and to celebrate our differences. There is also a Odd Socks Song courtesy of children's TV star Andy Day and his band Andy and the Odd Socks - you can find the video, plus posters, competition details and flyers at anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk/anti-bullying-week/odd-socks-day.
There are some great resources for these events, written by teachers, suitable for children in both Primary and Secondary Schools, at www.anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk
And for information on the growing problem of cyberbullying, how it can affect kids and adults, and the ensuing mental health-related problems, visit www.broadbandsearch.net/blog/cyber-bullying-statistics.
World Kindness Day is an internationally recognised shared event introduced by the World Kindness Movement in 1998 to highlight, unite and promote good deeds within the community and in day to day life.
There are many ways to take part and schools and community groups across the country will be holding special events including making kindness cards and encouraging random acts of kindness. In the past Kindness UK has handed out 10,000 free chocolate bars at London Train stations and encouraged a Text Wave that swept through the country.
You can find out what's planned for this year at kindnessuk.com & perhaps plan your own act of kindness!
Celebrate Friendship Friday with Kidscape and Elmer on Friday 20th - download a special Kindness Pack 2020 here and you can also find resources, videos and online activities on Being a Good Friend, Telling Tales and What Makes a Good Friend. www.kidscape.org.uk
Scroll down for a selection of books that tackle both the theme of bullying and also stories about kindness and kind acts, plus we have also a large collection of books that focus on Friends & Friendships.
Anti-Bullying Week runs from from Monday 16th - Friday 20th November 2020.
Follow the Anti-Bullying Alliance @ABAonline
World Kindness Day is Friday 13th November.