NATIONAL ANTi-BULLYING WEEK 2018

Supported by the Department for Education and Twitter.

The Diana Award celebrated Anti-Bullying Week 2018 by hosting two major events in London and Blackpool. We met over 650 students from schools across the UK and were joined by some of the biggest tech companies, including Supercell, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Thank you to everyone who came together to stand up to bullying!

Check out this video and see what we got up to:

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Young people, staff members, sponsors and special guests joined us at the events in London and Blackpool to share creative and inspiring ways to tackle bullying. We were joined by representatives from our partners and supporters Facebook, Twitter, Supercell, Trutex, Twitch, Supercell, Blackpool City Council, the DfE and the Metropolitan Police.

We also had some special guests joining us including Monica Lewinsky, Cel Spellman, Carrie Grant, Sam Retford, Talia Grant, Penny Lancaster, Twist & Pulse, Molly Rainford, Callie Thorpe, Megan Crabbe (AKA bodyposipanda), and the cast of West End musical Everybody’s Talking About Jamie!

The events featured fun workshops exploring bullying through dance, art, music and drama, as well as a Dragons’ Den competition where schools presented their anti-bullying ideas to our Dragons.

RESEARCH INTO BULLYING

This year we partnered with Everybody's Talking About Jamie to conduct research for Anti-Bullying Week. We found that nearly half (43%) of young people have heard their friends use language that is discriminatory or negative towards being LGBTQ+.

Anti-Bullying Week was an opportunity to explore this and empower young people to celebrate what makes them unique.

Carrie Grant hosted a panel discussion with our supporters and young people, and the audience took part in an interactive vote to find out whether they had ever heard language that was discriminatory against being LGBTQ+. The panel, comprised of experts in the fields of bullying and online safety, then took questions from the audience about what they were doing to help young people stay safe in school and online.

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DRAGONS' DEN COMPETITION

Three teams at each event presented their ideas for technological solutions to bullying to our panel of Dragons’ for the opportunity to win £200 for their school, in order to make their anti-bullying dream a reality. Schools were given the opportunity to deliver a five minute pitch to representatives from Department for Education, Facebook, and Penny Lancaster, plus an audience of teachers. It was then up to the Dragons to collectively deliberate and decide which school group had the best idea.

ANTI-BULLYING WORKSHOPS WITH SPECIAL GUESTS

Our special guests from the worlds of music, YouTube, poetry, drama and dance led inspirational and creative workshops with young people to explore bullying and how to tackle it. In the afternoon everyone had the opportunity to showcase their work and perform their anti-bullying songs, dances, drama pieces and present their videos and graffiti artwork.  

Dance with Twist & Pulse

Twist & Pulse ran an incredible dance workshop with a group of young people, showcasing their moves in a group performance before treating the audience to a special Anti-Bullying Week routine.

Drama with Sam Retford and Cel Spellman

Both Cel Spellman (Radio 1 presenter) and Sam Retford (from Channel 4 drama Ackley Bridge) worked with groups of young people on drama performances, which explored the consequences of bullying and how young people can stand up to it.

Musical Theatre with Everybody’s Talking About Jamie

The cast of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie taught a group of young people an incredible performance dance from the award winning West End musical, which centred around the importance of being yourself and celebrating who you are.

My True Selfie

Callie Thorpe and Megan Jayne Crabbe (aka bodyposipanda) joined our #MyTrueSelfie workshop, which focussed on celebrating the things that make us all unique. The young people produced self-portraits which showcased their personalities and true selves.

Defy the Name

Anti-bullying campaigner Monica Lewinsky worked with a group of young people on a workshop centred around her #DefyTheName campaign, which encouraged participants to share powerful self-portraits of them reclaiming the names people called them when they were bullied.

T-Shirt Design

Trutex worked with different schools from across the UK to create their very own anti-bullying t-shirt design with the aim to encourage young people to promote their anti-bullying campaign through art and design. During the showcase hour many young people had the chance to show off their work, with one lucky teacher even receiving a very special t-shirt from their students!

Dance Workshop

We were joined by Kelvin Clark who worked with our talented young people to create a dance piece focussed on the topic of speaking out against bullying and celebrating difference. It was an incredibly positive and empowering routine that showed off our young people’s energy and enthusiasm.

Street Art

Working with Positive Arts our young people created a visual street art piece focussed on the topic of bullying. All young people then showcased the amazing work they had produced throughout the day in our Showcase hour. There were some amazing designs, which showed of the creativity and passion of all our young people.

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