“What bullying means to me”

.'Pictured with Lee Kane, Regional Anti-Bullying Coordinator, Northern Ireland Anti-Bullying Forum (NIABF) and Translink's Ursula Kelleher are (l-r) Jack Ringland (9); Poppy Brown (5); Ethan White (5); Kenna Onugha (10); Ceili Maxwell (6); Jamie McDonald (5); and Alex Lindsay (9). inbm41-15 s
.'Pictured with Lee Kane, Regional Anti-Bullying Coordinator, Northern Ireland Anti-Bullying Forum (NIABF) and Translink's Ursula Kelleher are (l-r) Jack Ringland (9); Poppy Brown (5); Ethan White (5); Kenna Onugha (10); Ceili Maxwell (6); Jamie McDonald (5); and Alex Lindsay (9). inbm41-15 s

Schools and youth groups across Northern Ireland are being encouraged to register for this year’s Anti-Bullying Week (16-20 November 2015 inc.) and submit entries for its creative competition before the deadline of Friday 16 October.

This year’s Anti-Bullying Week (ABW) theme is “What Bullying Means To Me” and will focus on our understanding of what bullying is all about.

Moyarget’s Lee Kane, NIABF’s Regional Anti-Bullying Coordinator, explains the importance of Anti-Bullying Week: “Earlier this year the Minister for Education announced plans to introduce new anti-bullying legislation to the Northern Ireland Assembly.

“This legislation aims to provide a single, common definition of bullying for use in all schools in Northern Ireland.

“Bullying is one of those words that almost everyone has a good idea of what it means and of what it is in practice. NIABF defines bullying as ‘the repeated use of power by one or more persons intentionally to harm, hurt or adversely affect the rights and needs of another or others’.

“However, through the Northern Ireland Anti-Bullying Forum’s work with young people and the adults that support them, it has become clear that we sometimes have different, and often conflicting, definitions for ‘bullying’. “

For us to more effectively tackle bullying, we must develop a common understanding of what it is.”

Lee continues: “We are urging teachers, youth workers, parents and carers to speak to children and young people about this year’s Anti-Bullying Week theme, ‘What Bullying Means To Me’, so that we can improve our understanding of bullying wherever it takes place, either in school, in the playground, in our communities or online.

“By registering online at www.endbullying.org.uk they will receive their free resource pack, which includes presentations, activity plans and themed posters, all designed to help stimulate conversation and debate.

Schools, youth groups and any organisation working with young people can register for Anti-Bullying Week and download competition entry forms from the NIABF website -www.endbullying.org.uk.

Deadline for competition entries is Friday 16 October 2015.