The Royal Hospital School (RHS) in Suffolk is celebrating Anti-Bullying Week, which is taking place from 15-19th November 2021. Anti-Bullying Week is coordinated in England and Wales by the Anti-Bullying Alliance and this year’s theme is One Kind Word.
Throughout the week, students at RHS will be sharing their kindness stories using the #OneKindWord hashtag. These will be in the form of examples of acts of kindness or words experienced at the school, and what they are doing that week to spread some more kindness around and create a chain reaction of positivity.
Kindness is more important today than ever. The isolation of the last year, with school closures, has underlined how little acts of consideration can break down barriers and brighten the lives of the people around us. This is one of the reasons, that ‘One Kind Word’ has been chosen as the theme of Anti-Bullying Week this year.
One kind word can provide a moment of hope. It can be a turning point. It can change someone’s perspective. It can change their day. Best of all, one kind word leads to another.
If your child is experiencing bullying, it can be tremendously difficult to know how deal with it. Naomi Skau, Peer Mentor Coordinator at the Royal Hospital School has the following advice:
- “Young people often follow how we behave far more than listening to what we say – be the example you would wish them to follow.
- “Help them to understand self-respect and self-confidence – having these at their core ensures they can cope in a variety of challenging situations.
- “Let them know you are listening – often we as adults want to solve young people’s problems, when, in fact, they simply want us to be available, listen to and acknowledge them.”