Pupils stand up to bullying in schools

Pupils dressed in blue for Anti Bullying Day at Christ Church School, Sowewby Bridge
Pupils dressed in blue for Anti Bullying Day at Christ Church School, Sowewby Bridge

Pupils at schools across Halifax took part in special activities as part of national anti-bullying week.

St Michael and All Angels Primary School at Shelf spent the week focusing on anti-bullying activities.

Pupils learnt about different forms of bullying, what to do if they are being bullied and they also learnt about the role of the bystander.

The school also held an information workshop and opening morning targeted at parents. Later on in the week, Bradford City Football Club ran ‘respect’ sessions for years 4, 5 and 6 and in the afternoon the French midfielder, Christopher Routis, gave out awards to children who had taken part in an anti-bullying themed poster competition. And at Christ Church School, Sowerby Bridge, pupils dressed in blue to show their support to the cause.

The week came as a new online anti-bullying platform called Speak UP! - which allows pupils to anonymously report instances of bullying - is launched in the UK. It’s currently offered to primary and secondary schools, as well as sixth forms and universities.

Tobias Wernius, global development manager of Speak UP!, said: “The goal of Speak UP! is to give students all over the world a voice and together with parents and schools they learn to battle this global epidemic.”

With the Speak UP! app, students can anonymously report bullying via their smartphone, tablet or desktop computer. Reports are sent to a school’s central dashboard, allowing counsellors and staff to review and respond in real-time.

It also allows the user to report the location, time and type of bullying and to support their report with a picture or video.

They can also upload screenshots of any text or social media messages.