16/11/2009 08:36 GMT | Updated 22/05/2015 10:12 BST

Anti-Bullying Week Starts Today

Today marks the start of Anti-Bullying week, a week dedicated to raising awareness of bullying. This year, the campaign is 'Stay Safe in Cyberspace', focused on the new wave of bullying taking place in the digital age.

Cyberbullying can take place on mobile phones and the Internet, and you can find out a bit more about this form of bullying in a recent post ParentDish wrote on it.

The real threat of this new style of bullying is the anonymity the bullies can hide behind, in using new forms of technology.

Events will be taking place across the UK, including talks on how to stop bullying, and interactive activities to help children stand up to the bullies.
This campaign takes place around schools nationwide, using resources from sites like Anti-Bullying Week,, and in youth clubs, sports centres and social clubs.

To coincide with the week, the advisory Centre for Education and Netmums has released their findings on the reasons for bullying. The survey of 1000 children across England, aged 7-14, discovered that 43 of those asked also admitted to calling others names because everyone else is.

Peer pressure appears to be one of the biggest factors, so getting the message across to children that bullying is no longer acceptable or inevitable. It's also important to make sure people are aware that technology can be useful and beneficial to a child's education.

Are you taking part in any of the anti-bullying events?