The Anti-Bullying Alliance (ABA) has worked with over
300 young people and 100 members of school staff to
develop the theme of the week.
The Anti-Bullying Week 2020 has a manifesto for
change: “This year, more than ever, we’ve witnessed the
positive power that society can have when we come
together to tackle a common challenge.”
“Anti-Bullying Week is no different. 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
“We’re all a piece in the puzzle,
and together, we’re united
Many young people that the Anti-Bullying Alliance has
spoken to have said that they feel as though our
society is divided and that this is having an impact on
the actions of children. For years children have seen
Brexit arguments, angry debates in parliament,
arguments on football pitches etc. One young person
said “It’s like adults want us to behave better than
they do sometimes”.
Throughout 2020 our lives have been turned upside
down in all sorts of different ways. Many children are
missing school…although some are relieved not to
have to attend! School and education are now a
different place to what we all knew. It was therefore
decided by the Anti-Bullying Alliance, that this year’s
theme should appropriately fit in with the unity that
we as a nation have all been through.
They asked young people how the theme of ‘United
Against Bullying’ made them feel:
“It makes me feel like part of a community that stands
up for the right things.”
2020 has been an extremely hard year for many and
even with a significant amount of uncertainty ahead
we are constantly seeing examples of what can
happen when communities come together and work
towards a common goal.
"We all have a part
to play in combatting
bullying, no matter who
you are or where you’re
from – you can make a
difference to someone’s life.”
The Black Lives Matter protests have put a spotlight
on systematic racism and people from all over the
world have joined forces to say ‘no more’. It is
unfortunately heard of time and time again that young
black people have experienced racist bullying in
school, so the ABA will be more direct in their
approach to tackling this issue.
Sadly, the levels of bullying remain high with ABA’s
latest poll showing that one child in every classroom
is experiencing bullying every day. ABA are proud to
have the continued support of SafeToNet to help
bring Anti-Bullying Week to life.
SafeToNet is all about safeguarding and digital well-
being from online harms. This is a pioneering
technology with a smart keyboard that detects risks
in real-time and educates children ‘in the moment’ as
they use their device. The keyboard gives messages of
support and guidance on how to deal with the issues
of living in a digital world.
The Anti-Bullying Week of events will kick off on the
Monday with an ‘Odd Socks Day’ where children and
adults wear odd socks to school or work to celebrate
what makes us all different and unique.
The Anti-Bullying Alliance have developed lots of
resources for schools and other settings to help bring
Anti-bullying Week 2020: United Against Bullying to
life. There is a primary and secondary school version
along with an Odd Socks Day pack HERE.
We all have a part to play this Anti-Bullying Week.
What will yours be?