18/09/2018: Rise in young people seeking help over peer-on-peer abuse in UK

Children and young people are increasingly seeking help over peer-on-peer sexual abuse, with a 29% jump in demand for counselling sessions in the last year, according to a leading UK helpline. Childline, a counselling service for young people up to the age of 19, warns the scale of the problem could be much greater than current figures suggest, as many children and teenagers do not understand that what has happened to them is abuse.

Source: Guardian

18/09/2018: 29% rise in counselling sessions on peer sexual abuse

Childline has re-launched its #ListenToYourSelfie campaign after it held 3,878 counselling sessions about peer-on-peer sexual abuse in 2017/18 – a 29% rise since last year. #ListenToYourSelfie aims to prevent peer-on-peer abuse and encourgages young people to seek help if they’re in an unhealthy relationship.

Source: NSPCC

03/09/2018: Bullied pupils scared to put hands up in class

More than half of 11 to 16-year-olds in the UK who have been bullied because of their academic ability say they are afraid to put their hands up to answer questions in class. According to a survey of more than 1,000 young people carried out by charity The Diana Award, 40 per cent say they have been bullied for their academic ability, while 22 per cent have changed school because of bullying problems.

Source: Times Education Supplement

04/07/2018: ‘Try and get over it’: the problem with how bullying allegations are handled

David Jones writes about how bullying allegations have been handled in a residential children’s home and the strains it puts on children and workers. “The system is seriously flawed and fails to consider the emotional impact on both staff and young people. It can be a real minefield.” This was the view of a disillusioned colleague when we were discussing the subject of bullying in the home, and he knew what he was talking about, having had to submit a formal complaint about a colleague who had made his life intolerable for over two months.

Source: Community Care

01/07/2018: Is a ‘snitch’ culture skewing your bullying data?

Is your data on bullying actually painting a true picture of how much bullying goes on in your school? Luke Roberts, a researcher at the University of Cambridge, doesn’t think so. Writing in the 29 June issue of Tes, he explains that focus group research with students across the country has suggested that a “snitch” culture in schools is likely to be skewing the numbers.

Source: Times Education Supplement

21/06/2018: Abusive comments are one of the main causes of upset for young people online

A report published today (Thursday 21 June 2018) by SWGfL – one of the partners in the UK Safer Internet Centre, along with Childnet and the Internet Watch Foundation – shows that many young people said “Abusive comments from peers” is one of the main things to cause them to get upset when online.

Source: Internet Watch Foundation

21/06/2018: Abusive Comments One of Main causes of Upset for Young People Online

SWGfL has today (Thursday 21 June 2018) published a report that explores what causes young people upset online.

The report into ‘what causes young people upset online’ is the second in a series, titled Young People, Internet Use and Wellbeing in the UK. Compiled by Professor Andy Phippen from Plymouth University, the series explores the role of technology on young people’s wellbeing. Each report in the series will have a specific area of focus, such as gender, age differences, and what harmful content means to young people. It assesses data provided by more than 8,200 young people from the age of 9 – 18 across over 100 schools in the UK.

Source: South West Grid for Learning

23/05/2018: ‘Give lessons on appearance-related bullying’

A charity has called on schools to include the topic of appearance-related bullying in PSHE lessons amid evidence that most young people have experienced cruel or unpleasant comments about the way they look. The level of appearance-related bullying has been highlighted by Changing Faces, a charity that supports people who have a visible difference.

Source: Times Education Supplement

07/05/2018: YouTube stars are trading in children’s sexual misery by goading teens into shaming schoolmates and then putting videos online

If you saw these young men wandering around a shopping centre with a microphone talking to teenagers, you might think it’s just a bit of harmless fun. But what they are doing is not an innocent prank. They are preying on children as part of a disturbing online trend known as ‘baiting out’.

Source: Daily Mail

02/04/2018: ‘Bullying and sexual harassment are facts of life for many pupils’

Sexual harassment and bullying appear to be a daily fact of life for many children and young people, says a teaching union. A survey conducted by teaching union NASUWT found that 86 per cent of teachers were aware of pupils sharing messages, photos or videos of a sexual nature with one another. One teacher who responded to the survey reported pupils “photoshopping pupils’ faces onto pornographic images”, while another reported that “students send ‘dick pics’ and this is happening in Year 7”.

Source: Times Education Supplement

Anti-Bullying: Are you a boy or a girl? (Stonewall)

Bullying | KS2

This lesson plan has been designed to support you in your discussion of gender, gender stereotyping and gender identity with your pupils. The story, “Are you a boy or are you a girl?” lends itself to discussions of what it might mean to question your gender, and help support pupils who are gender variant and their classmates. There are some poignant questions at the end of the book that pupils could choose from, which allow for differentiation, a range of answers and method of completion.

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Anti-Bullying: Secondary Assembly (Stonewall)

Bullying | KS3, KS4

This assembly explores some of the differences that exist within the LGBT community, specifically some the differences between the experiences of LGB and trans people. This assembly draws on what we know of young trans people’s experiences in schools in the UK today, as shown in our 2017 School Report, and seeks to empower secondary schools to tackle this type of bullying head on. It also aims to dispel common myths or misconceptions about trans people and encourage alliances in recognition of the challenges young trans people may face.

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I am Holly (Bedford High School, Greater Manchester)

Online Safety, Bullying | KS3, KS4

This powerful video from Bedford High School looks at online and offline bullying and shows how someone being bullied might feel. It also describes how we can help someone who is being bullied by standing up to bullying.

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UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS) Education for a Connected World Framework

Online Safety, Bullying | KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4

The Education for a Connected World framework describes the Digital knowledge and skills that children and young people should have the opportunity to develop at different ages and stages of their lives. It highlights what a child should know in terms of current online technology, its influence on behaviour and development, and what skills they need to be able to navigate it.

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VoiceBox (Childline)

Online Safety, PSHE, Bullying, Diversity | KS3, KS4

The Voicebox videos on YouTube feature mostly youngish adults and are short discussions about various different topics including online safety and bullying. The videos are produced on a weekly basis so it is worth signing up to the channel for notifications. Other material can be found on the Childline website

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Approaches to preventing and tackling bullying

Added: 22/06/2018 at 8:44 am Category: Bullying, Health/Wellbeing

Qualitative research to understand anti-bullying practices schools have found effective.

These include approaches to tackling bullying generally and more specific types of bullying, for example:
•racial bullying
•special educational needs and disability (SEND) bullying
•lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) bullying

The report contains common themes found throughout the research and 7 case studies. It’s intended to be used as a resource by schools and other stakeholders looking for examples of anti-bullying practices.

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Year(s): 3, 4
Duration: 30 minutes
Cost: £55.00 (£45.00) *

An introduction to the concept of bullying behaviour, including the importance of friendships and how to treat each other respectfully.

Friendships, respect and bullying

Year(s): 5, 6
Duration: 30 minutes
Cost: £55.00 (£45.00) *

Exploring what a ‘healthy friendship’ is and the importance of treating each other respectfully, exploring how sometimes the behaviour of friends can make us feel sad and what students can do about this.


Bullying and Diversity – Hate Incidents and Hate Crimes

Year(s): 7, 8, 9
Duration: 1 hour(s)
Cost: £55.00 (£45.00) *

Using Stonewall’s ‘Spell it Out’ film, this session focuses on relationship based bullying with a particular focus on homophobic bullying.

Under pressure

Year(s): 10
Duration: 30 minutes
Cost: £55.00 (£45.00) *

This session explores inappropriate relationship behaviour such as coercion and peer pressure to engage in activities e.g. youth produced sexual imagery, sexual activity, committing offences, isolating and/or bullying others.

Rights respecting in future education and beyond

Year(s): 11
Duration: 30 minutes
Cost: £55.00 (£45.00) *

A focus on bullying in the workplace, rights and responsibilities and a revisit to diversity related bullying and the laws surrounding it.


Anti-bullying guidance for school staff

Duration: 1 hour(s)
Cost: £150.00 (£100.00) *

Aimed at:

All staff working within a school environment including teaching staff, teaching assistants, lunchtime supervisors and other support staff

To include:

  • Bullying and the impact on young people and their educational development
  • Roles and responsibilities of the school in dealing with bullying incidents
  • Bullying inside and outside of school
  • Prevention of bullying

Support available to access for schools