We got anti-bullying week 2022 off to a great start today with hundreds of odd socks around school!
Anti-bullying Week 2022 is coordinated in England and Wales by the Anti-Bullying Alliance. It takes place between Monday 14th and Friday 18th November and this years theme is Reach Out. On Monday 14th November, all the children and staff came into school wearing their wackiest odd socks to celebrate what makes us all unique. The theme of Reach Out was chosen to empower all children, and teachers, to do something positive to counter the harm and hurt that bullying causes. Bullying affects millions of lives and can leave us feeling hopeless. But it does not have to be this way. If we challenge it, we can change it and it starts by reaching out!
Anti-Bullying Week aims to remind everyone whether it’s in school, at home, in the community or online, to reach out and show each other the support we need. Today, we learnt that we can reach out to someone we trust, such as our duty bearers, if we need to talk or reach out to someone you know is being bullied. Preventing bullying doesn’t stop with young people alone. From teachers to parents and influencers to politicians, we all have a responsibility to help each other reach out. Together, let’s be the change we want to see. Reflect on your behaviour, set positive examples and create a kinder community.
Behind all the fun there is a serious message to share. Everyone pulls on their odd socks to show we’re ALL unique and different, to be kind to each other and respect each other’s individuality. It takes courage, but it can change lives. So, this Anti-Bullying Week, let’s come together and reach out to stop bullying!
Now – the question is what do you do with the other two odd socks at home?