Standing up against the bullies

North Lanarkshire Council is backing anti-bullying school week, which is being held between the 13th and 17th November

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All schools across the area will be running events and activities to highlight the issue and to encourage pupils to report any issues they may be experiencing.

Anti-Bullying Week shines a spotlight on bullying and encourages all children, teachers and parents to take action against bullying throughout the year.

Bullying can affect pupils, parents as well as people in the workplace and can include racism, sexism, disability or homophobia; and may compound other difficulties in a child's life.

Councillor Frank McNally, Convener of Education said: "Bullying can have a devastating effect on a young person's life and over the years we have introduced a range of initiatives to address this issue.

"We encourage pupils to report all instances of bullying and aim to develop a culture of respect in our schools and we equip staff with the ability to feel confident they can deal with reports of bullying."

Bullying behaviour leaves people feeling helpless, frightened, anxious, depressed or humiliated; bullying behaviours may include:

  • Hitting, tripping, kicking.
  • Stealing and damaging belongings.
  • Name calling, teasing, putting down or threatening.
  • Ignoring, leaving out or spreading rumours.
  • Sending abusive text, email or instant messages.
  • Making people feel like they are being bullied or fearful of being bullied.
  • Targeting someone because of who they are or are perceived to be.

As part of the council's ongoing campaign to support young people in our area the first Children's Rights conference was held at the Civic Centre in Motherwell recently.

Over 100 practitioners and education staff who are working to embed Children's Rights in establishments across the authority attended.

Delegates heard from the new Children and Young People's Commissioner for Scotland Bruce Adamson, he encouraged staff to be "brave and fearless in defending children's rights".

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