Today, Tuesday 5th July 2016, marks the first #StandUpToBullying day. Today is the day we as a nation stand up and acknowledge that bullying is happening all around us and ruining people’s lives – and it’s time to put a stop to it.
To mark the occasion, the Duke of Cambridge addresses the public with a video to urge change and recognise bullying as an issue.
In his speech, Prince William addresses the prevalence of technology in bullying, making it an attack that can sometimes seem relentless. So much so, that cyberbullying is now just as much of a safeguarding issue for schools as physical bullying, with more and more attacks happening online, and in the worst cases can often lead to self-harm or suicide.
Statistics show that 16,000 young people are absent from school because of bullying each year, which challenges whether enough is being done to prevent or recognise bullying in it’s infant stages, leading to an easier recovery for those affected. As Prince William puts it, it’s time to stand up to bullying, not stand by, and can we really say we’re doing enough?
What can you do to address bullying in schools?
We want to help you to keep our young people in school, and make sure there is no longer anywhere for bullies to hide. As the Duke of Cambridge states, “It is our collective responsibility to be alert, and to be ready to challenge the behaviour we see around us. We all have a role to play to ensure that we do not stand by, but instead stand up, and put a stop to bullying.”
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