Bullying - don’t suffer in silence

Theo Hewson-Betts, of Todmorden, who is a National Anti-Bullying Ambassador Youth Board member
Theo Hewson-Betts, of Todmorden, who is a National Anti-Bullying Ambassador Youth Board member

This week children in schools up and down the country will be celebrating National Anti-Bullying week with special events to promote acceptance of diversity, to highlight awareness of the signs of bullying and to encourage those being bullied to speak up.

Theo (pictured) said: “Although the conference was a fun event, the message was very serious.

“Bullying can have a devastating lifelong effect on children. It is isolating and can impact on every aspect of a young person’s life. That is why it important that people being bullied talk to someone about their problems. If you don’t think you can talk to your parents, speak to your teachers, scout leaders, anyone close to you. If you don’t want to talk to them, email me on antibullyingfriend@gmail.com. Please don’t suffer in silence.

“I’m keen for everyone to do anything that they can to promote Anti-Bullying week. Be it something as small as a poster in your window to something as large as a protest in the park. Whatever you do please send me a picture or a video to antibullyingfriend@gmail.com.”

Theo has arranged for literature to be sent to all 22 libraries in the Calderdale area about the Anti-Bullying Ambassadors charity, if you want to learn more about how to become an ambassador. He added that he is hoping to arrange more events in the near future.