This week is Anti-Bullying Week in the United Kingdom. The motto for this year’s week-long campaign is “Taking Action Together.”
Just in time for Anti-Bullying Week, an annual U.K. event aimed at raising awareness and preventing harassment, a new study reveals that 43 percent of Britain’s 11- to 16-year-olds say they’ve witnessed another student being bullied on the way to school or coming home, with 1 in 10 saying they’ve been victims of bullying themselves this past year. This kind of intimidation could potentially affect as many as 370,000 U.K. kids in this age group, the study says.
Similar statistics have been shown in the US and other countries. Flashlight Press is a devoted to spreading the message that bullying needs to end now, and we believe that education needs to start young. Our books Carla’s Sandwich and Alley Oops contain strong anti-bullying themes and have been selected by the National Center for Youth Issues as Elementary Education Anti-Bullying resources.
Anti-Bullying Week in the UK is a great start, but we believe every week should be anti-bullying week everywhere.