RADAR – Risk Avoidance Danger Awareness Resource marks Anti-Bullying Week with awareness campaign
Anti-Bullying Week takes place from November 13 – 17 and RADAR, Northern Ireland’s first and only fully interactive safety and life skills education centre, is taking the opportunity to launch a campaign to highlight the issue of bullying and to showcase how RADAR is equipping young people with the skills to challenge and deal with bullying behaviour.
A recent report from Childline “Not Alone Anymore: Childline Annual Review 2016/17”* highlighted that:
- Across the UK, bullying/ cyber bullying continues to be the top reason children aged 11 and under seek help. Almost 1 in 4 (23%) Childline counselling sessions with children aged 11 and under were about bullying/cyber bullying (this follows the same trend as in 2015/16).
- Boys were more likely to be counselled about bullying or online bullying than girls: 8 per cent of all counselling with girls was about bullying or online bullying compared to 12 per cent of all counselling with boys (this follows the same trend as in 2015/16).
- When comparing all age groups up to and including aged 18, children aged 11 and under were more likely to mention bullying or online bullying as an additional concern when their main concern was about family relationships, friendship issues, problems at school and physical abuse.
- On the Childline website, among the most commonly viewed information and advice pages this year have been about bullying.
RADAR Campaign ambassador Tiffany Brien said: “I am proud to support the RADAR Anti-Bullying awareness campaign. Having experienced bullying first hand I am well aware of the devastating impact it can have and the need to educate and equip young people with the skills to know what to do and where to get help if they find themselves in that situation. ”
Sandra Leo, RADAR Centre Manager, Belfast said: “Unfortunately bullying remains a stubbornly persistent and significant problem for many young people. In this digital age, bullying now lives and thrives on the internet and social media as well as offline.
“It is so important that we use the platform of Anti-Bullying Week to throw a spotlight on the issue, to challenge bullying behaviour and to provide our young people with the skills they need to deal with it.
“Our tailor made interactive workshops are designed to explore the issue in a sensitive manner but one that will also have a lasting impact; that includes providing important lessons about the different types of bullying young people might come across and most importantly who they can turn to get help for themselves or a friend.
“As part of this campaign RADAR are encouraging everyone to support Anti-Bullying week by being kind to others and spreading positivity.”
RADAR, based in Belfast, is the only centre of its kind on the island of Ireland that provides engaging and informative workshops for groups of children and young people giving them the opportunity to explore everyday dangers in a risk free setting. Subjects include fire safety, water safety, bus and road safety, train safety, personal safety, electrical safety and farm safety.
RADAR also shares important lessons around life skills to promote everything from healthy eating and money management to managing issues such as anti-social behaviour, bullying, diversity and alcohol awareness, encouraging pupils to think about their choices and to take responsibility for their actions.
RADAR is fully equipped to help children and young people navigate their way safely through life’s challenges which includes being safe on and around roads. The RADAR centres doors are open for visitors. To find out more or to arrange a visit please go to http://www.radarni.co.uk/