At Classlist, we're all about kindness. Kindness to each other at the school gates and in the way we all behave online. Classlist was set up to be the kinder social network for school parents, where interaction online is voluntarily moderated to ensure it is accurate and helpful.
So it fits that we are fully in support of the Anti-Bullying Alliance's annual awareness week in November. This year, the theme is 'One kind word'. Just offering one word of support or encouragement can break the cycle of bullying. It can turn a difficult day into a much happier one for children and parents alike.
The Anti-Bullying Alliance says: "Kindness is more important today than it has ever been. The isolation of the last year has underlined how little acts of consideration can break down barriers and brighten the lives of the people around us."
In 2020, 80% of schools in England and Wales celebrated the week and we hope all Classlist schools will join in again.
There are great resources on the website and advice for parents or children who are being bullied. It shares how to spot the signs of bullying.
The NSPCC website includes great advice on how to raise a bullying issue with the school and how to block unwanted calls and text messages from specific numbers.
Internet Matters is another helpful source of information about how to cope with cyberbullying and aims to reach every 11-16 year old in Britain. Why not share their video with teenagers you know.
The internet safety site also offers age-specific advice including interesting stats and practical steps you can take to keep your child as safe as possible online.