We need to do more to tackle bullying – Jo

Jo Swinson MP for East Dunbartonshire spoke against bullying during Anti-Bullying Week, which took place from19-23 November 2012.

Commenting Jo said:

"People come across bullying at work, school and even at home – it is endemic throughout society.

"Childhood bullying can do long-lasting damage as it knocks confidence and self-esteem. We owe it to our children to do more to tackle bullying and to support the victims, who need more sympathetic support rather than the cold shoulder they often find.

"I am pleased the Coalition Government has done the right thing by investing in programmes to help keep children safe online.

"Rules and legislation can only take us so far: as a society, we need to do more to address this problem together."

Further information:

  • The Coalition Government has:

a) Invested £1.3m in BeatBullying's CyberMentors programme, a unique peer-mentoring support programme that is available both online and offline

b) Supported the work of the UK Council for Child Internet Safety, which brings together 180 organisations and individuals from government, law enforcement, charities, business and parenting group to help keep young children safe online

  • In Scotland's schools the Anti Bullying Network was set up by the Scottish Executive for teachers, parents and young people to share ideas on tackling bullying. The network deals with school bullying and is designed with the Scottish education system and Scottish legislation in mind. The website features a database of anti-bullying initiatives at www.antibullying.net
  • respectme is Scotland's Anti-Bullying Service funded by the Scottish Government and managed in partnership with the Scottish Association for Mental Health and LGBT Youth Scotland. respectme works with all adults who have a role to play in the lives of children and young people to give them the practical skills and confidence to deal with bullying behaviour, wherever it occurs For more information visit www.respectme.org.uk
  • In partnership with The Times Education Supplement, BeatBullying is hosting a live lesson on its CyberMentors at 11.00 on Thursday 22 November 2012, which will be streamed into schools all over the UK and around the world direct from Google HQ. For details of how to watch the lesson live, visitwww.BeatBullying.org/tes (no registration required).

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