Anti-bullying week 2018 theme announced as ‘Choose Respect’

Campaigners are urging children and schools to choose respect over bullying, as the theme for Anti-Bullying Week 2018 is announced by the Anti-Bullying Alliance.

A consultation with 800 children, teachers and members of the Anti-Bullying Alliance, it emerged that the top priority was showing that bullying is a choice, and that children and young people can set an example by respecting each other at school, in their homes and communities, and online.

The Anti-Bullying Alliance, with the continued support of SafeToNet, will be developing a set of free cross-curricular teaching resources to support both primary and secondary schools to embrace the theme of respect.

CBeebies star Andy Day and Anti-Bullying Alliance patron, and his band Andy and the Odd Socks, are supporting Anti-Bullying Week 2018 and are encouraging students to wear odd socks to school during the campaign to show their support and raise money for a good cause. There will also be Anti-Bullying Week School Staff Awards for those inspiring members of the school workforce who go the extra mile to support pupils and prevent bullying.

Andy Day said:

“Me and my band Andy and the Odd Socks are so pleased to be working with the Anti-Bullying Alliance again this year to launch Odd Socks Day for Anti-Bullying Week. Bullying is never something anyone should have to put up with and I'm delighted we can help raise the issue in such a positive way. Get ready for a Choose Respect rap and a whole lot of Odd Socks!”

To get involved with Anti-Bullying click the link www.anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk