Join tootoot's anti-bullying programme

Tootoot CEO and Co-founder Michael Brennan writes to invite schools to join tootoot’s six-week Anti-Bullying Programme.

tootoot anti-bullying weekBullying can have devastating effects on the victim and perpetrator, from mental health to physical health to academic attainment, and these effects can be felt well into adulthood. This I know only too well. I was bullied throughout primary and secondary school. The impact this had on my childhood is what drove me to create tootoot - so other children and young people, like myself, have another way to speak-up.

A recent study has found that the trauma stemming from chronic bullying can affect the structure of the brain, specifically parts involved with how the brain learns and the body moves. These changes were found to partly explain the relationship between high levels of bullying and higher levels of general anxiety at age 19*.

The whole team and I at tootoot, are passionate about anti-bullying and committed to helping pupils speak-up for themselves and others. Which is why we have created a free six-week Anti-Bullying Programme to help schools celebrate Anti-Bullying Week, and ultimately support bullying prevention and empower pupils to speak-up.

Your programme will include:

  • Access to tootoot – the pupil voice software that gives pupils a simple and trusted
    way to talk about any concerns
  • Access to tootmood – the simple feedback app that makes it easy to track the
    feelings and attitudes of your pupils
  • Click here to sign-up to the programme and we will be in contact shortly after. Act now, registration closed on 15th November 2019



    *(Quinlan, et al, 2018)

    Written by Michael Brennan on November 14, 2019 11:28

    Get Ready for Anti-Bullying Week 2019

    This year, Anti-Bullying Week takes place from 11th to the 15th November


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    Anti-Bullying Week is coordinated by the Anti-Bullying Alliance which is based at the National Children's Bureau. The campaign was started in the early 2000s as a way of focussing the attention of schools on tackling bullying between children and young people.

    Change Starts With Us

    This year, Anti-Bullying Week has the theme ‘Change Starts With Us’, underlining how everyday acts like listening to young people, having a conversation, thinking about the impact of our words or stopping before hitting ‘like’ on a hurtful social media post, can help to reduce bullying.


    Aims

    The campaign objective is to emphasise that we all have a part to play: Change Starts With Us.

    The aims of the week are to support schools and other settings to help children and young people, schools staff, parents and other professionals who work with children to understand:

  • bullying is still a serious issue
  • we are all responsible
  • a small change can make a bit difference
  • change starts now!
  • How to get involved

    There are many ways you can get involved this year, with different events taking place throughout the week:
    Anti-bullying Week 2019 Timeline

    ‘Change Starts With Us’ is the main overarching theme for this year’s Anti-Bullying Week and was developed with young people, so why not help promote the message on your social media channels.

    With the focus on positive change and knowing that we are all part of the solution, the ABA is asking that everyone pledge to change something, no matter how small, and tell them about it. The simplest way of doing this is by sharing or pledging messages from you and your pupils. Your pledges should start with: ‘change starts with ……’ #ChangeStartsWithUs #AntiBullyingWeek. This could be a text-based post, a photo, a video, a GIF or something else!

    You can also sign up as a supporter of Anti-Bullying Week where you will receive a certificate and be listed on the website.


    E-safety Support and Safeguarding Essentials members can download a selection of bullying resources which include assembly plans, parent guidance and staff training - login or join now!

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    Written by Safeguarding Essentials on October 31, 2019 11:08

    Anti-Bullying Week Award for School Staff

    Nominate your anti-bullying member of school staff today!


    Whether it is verbal, physical, online or in-person, bullying has a significant impact on a child’s life well into adulthood.

    Anti-bullying Week 2019 LogoThe Anti-Bullying Alliance is urging action for this year’s Anti-Bullying Week and saying that by making small, simple changes, we can break this cycle and create a safe environment for everyone.



    Change Starts With Us

    The Alliance has announced the theme of Anti-Bullying Week 2019 as ‘Change Starts With Us’, underlining how everyday acts like listening to young people, having a conversation, thinking about the impact of our words or stopping before hitting ‘like’ on a hurtful social media post, can help to reduce bullying.

    The campaign aims to emphasise that we all have a part to play: Change Starts With Us.

    Following a consultation with over 1,000 children and 200 teachers, schools staff and members of the Anti-Bullying Alliance, it emerged that a top priority was giving pupils, staff, parents and other key players such as government and industry the tools to prevent and respond to bullying both online and offline.

    This year, the Anti-Bullying Alliance is expecting widespread support for Anti-Bullying Week, which was celebrated in 80% of schools in 2018. ABA will be working with young people to develop parent tools, films, a social media campaign and a set of free cross-curricular teaching resources to support both primary and secondary schools to embrace the theme.

    Odd Socks Day will be held once again to mark the first day of Anti-Bullying Week. CBeebies star and Anti-Bullying Alliance patron Andy Day and his band Andy and the Odd Socks are supporting Anti-Bullying Week 2019 and are encouraging students to wear odd socks to school to celebrate what makes us all unique.

    Anti-bullying Week 2019 Awards

    Anti-Bullying Week Award for School Staff

    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. Pupils can nominate members of school staff for the award.

    Click here to find out more and to download the entry form



    Martha Evans, Director of the Anti-Bullying Alliance, said:
    “Children and young people tell us time and time again how being bullied can leave you feeling powerless. However, it does not have to be this way. Our consultation with pupils, teachers and many others, showed that we can all make changes to be part of the solution. Whether it is speaking to someone we trust when bullying happens to us, or calling it out if we suspect it’s happening to someone else, we can all work together for a solution. Remember, change starts here, change starts now, change starts with us.”

    Anti-Bullying Week runs from 11 to 15 November 2019 – get involved at www.anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk @ABAonline #AntiBullyingWeek #ChangeStartsWithUs #OddSocks.



    Small actions make a big difference in fight against bullying

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    Written by Safeguarding Essentials on July 04, 2019 10:34


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