As part of this year’s Anti-Bullying Week 2014 (Monday 17 to Friday 21 November 2014) individuals and groups spanning all ages have been making their personal pledges to help tackle bullying.
Lee Kane, NIABF’s Regional Anti-Bullying Coordinator, Northern Ireland Anti-Bullying Forum (NIABF) says:
“Bullying can happen anywhere and to anyone, in lots of different ways. It could be in a physical place, such as the playground, on the pitch, in the locker rooms or in the park. Or, it might take place in the cyber world, on social networking websites, through online games or by text message. No matter where or how it happens, we all have a responsibility to make it stop.
“In recognition of the fact that everyone can play a role, we are asking individuals and groups across Northern Ireland to make a personal pledge during Anti-Bullying Week which demonstrates their commitment to taking a stand against all forms of bullying behaviour.”
Lee adds: “When all the pledges have been completed, we are asking participants to share their pledge on social media. If using Twitter they can tweet us: www.twitter.com/niabf using #ABW14.
“Ulster stars Ruan Pienaar, Paddy Jackson and Franco van der Merwe recently made their pledge to tackle all forms of bullying and are encouraging fans to do the same. NIABF recently delivered a workshop programme in partnership with the NSPCC’s Child Protection in Sport Unit, supporting representatives from Ulster Rugby, Ulster GAA and the Irish FA to take a stand against bullying, under the title “Tackle Bullying Now’. This training was aimed at increasing awareness of the impact of bullying and how we can work together to make it stop.”
During Ulster’s match on Friday, fans can be among the first to pick up an Anti-Bullying Week wristband. There will also be more information in the match programme about Anti-Bullying Week and how we can all stand up to bullying together.