Bid to beat bullying this week

This week is National Anti-Bullying Week, running from the 16th to the 20th of November. The theme for 2009 is “Cyberbullying”, with related events running all over the UK.

At the University of Lincoln, Steven Greaves, the Students’ Union’s vice-president for welfare, will be out on campus from Wednesday until Friday.

He will be at Riseholme, speaking mainly to FE students about their problems. The 16–18-year-olds will get the chance to take part in a number of activities over the week, designed to raise awareness of bullying and the support available for its victims.

On Tuesday night the students will be able to watch a film for free. “Milk” focuses on the life of Harvey Milk, California’s first openly gay elected official, and the issues around and reactions to his lifestyle.

The film, along with other activities which are yet to be confirmed, is aimed to help students to speak up about bullying and emphasise the support that’s open to them.

Anti-Bullying week is in its sixth year and publicity, support, and involvement in the event has grown significantly. This year’s focus is bullying through mobile phones and the internet, and even hip hop group N-Dubz have got involved.

The group have co-written a Beatbullying anthem with young people, called “R U Cyber Safe”.

The image used for this article’s thumbnail is originally by Just Me…. on Flickr.

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