1 Million Families - 'Spot it and stop it' anti-bullying campaign

What is the 1 Million Families campaign?

As a leading family charity, we are launching a major campaign to support families around the
UK with a number of important issues. We support over 1 Million Families every year and this
campaign will focus on some of the issues which families contact us most about: bullying,
divorce and separation, parenting teenagers, and emotional and mental wellbeing.

'Spot it and stop it! anti-bullying competitions

Our first campaign topic will focus on bullying, looking at three key areas and what people
need to know about them. We are running three creative competitions as part of our bullying awareness campaign for young people to get involved in helping to spread positive messages about how to deal with bullying, how to help someone being bullied and how bullying affects people. 


anti bullying campaign

We want to ensure children, young people and adults understand what cyberbullying is,
how serious it is and ways to tackle it, as well as knowing how you can help someone who
is being bullied and the devastating impact bullying can have on someone, affecting them not just
while they are being bullied, but often for years later. You can find full details on how you can enter
these competitions at the end of this document.

Poster design competition

Design a poster about one of the main themes of bullying (listed below) and your poster could 
be printed and sent out to schools across the country, ready for Anti-bullying Week! 
See the full competition information below for details of how to enter and terms and conditions.
Closing date: 30 September 2013

T-shirt design competition

Fancy yourself as a bit of a fashion designer? Then why not come up with an eye-catching 
t-shirt design based on one of the main themes of bullying (listed below) and your t-shirt could 
be made and sent out to celebrities who will pop it on, take a pic and post it online! How cool 
is that? See the full competition information for details of how to enter and terms and conditions.
Closing date: 30 September 2013

Short anti-bullying film competition

We all like making movies these days so why not get creative and make a short film about one 
of our bullying themes and help us to spread the message about bullying. The winning videos 
will be displayed on our website and promoted throughout Anti-bullying Week. See the full 
competition information for details of how to enter and terms and conditions.
Closing date: 15 October 2013

Download the full competition guidlelines

The three competitions all focus on these three key areas of advice:

1.How to deal with cyberbullying

  • don’t keep it to yourself, tell a responsible adult 
  • don’t reply to or delete rude or offensive messages or emails, tell your parents so they can help you to stop the bullying
  • there are no limits to cyberbullying, it can take place at any time, anywhere so it is important to realise how serious it is

2.How to spot if a friend is being bullied and how to help them

  • if you know someone is being called names, or rumours are being spread about them 
  • if they are spending a lot of time on their own or being left out of groups
  • you can help by telling your teacher or parents and letting the person being bullied know that you will go with them to talk to someone about it

3.The effects of bullying

  • bullying can effect people for the rest of their life
  • it can affect how people make friends, and how well they do at school
  • it can cause serious emotional distress, sometimes leading to self-harming, or even thoughts of suicide

What else can you do to help?

  • add our LiveChat widget to your website so that children being bullied can talk to someone online and get support (see below)
  • show your support during Anti-Bullying Week by adding our Bullying UK Twibbon and donating to our campaign 
  • pledge to ensure your school has a strong anti-bullying policy
  • hold a non-uniform day and raise money for Bullying UK, part of Family Lives 
  • (pupils could donate £1 and get a Bullying UK wristband to take part)
  • run a bullying awareness workshop in your school (see information below).

If you would like more information about any of the suggestions above or have other ideas about
ways you could get involved, please contact us.

How to add our LiveChat widget to your website

Our LiveChat widget can be easily embedded on your website to give anyone visiting your site access
to our online chat service to talk to our trained Family Support Workers to help anyone experiencing
bullying. You can find out how to embed the widget or send an email us.

Bullying awareness workshops

Family Lives run workshops about sexual bullying and positive gender relationships, called
TeenBoundaries.Sexual bullying is any behaviour which degrades someone, singles someone out
by the use of sexual language, gestures, violence and victimisation related to appearance. Sexual
bullying is also pressure to act promiscuously and to act inappropriately at school. These
behaviours happen inside and outside school, in social groups and via the internet or mobile
phones. Our workshops can be delivered in off-timetable days, over PSHE/Citizenship lessons in
lunchtimes and afterschool. Email us for more information.

How we can help you

If you would like support and advice, you can talk to one of our Family Support Workers by calling our confidential helpline on 0808 800 2222. You can also share experiences and advice with other parents on our Forums. Family Lives is here for you and you can contact us about any family issue, big or small.

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