Anti-Bullying Week 2020: United Against Bullying

13 Nov 2020

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Anti-Bullying Week 2020
Anti-Bullying Week 2020

Anti-Bullying Week is stamped on the educational calendar as an ever-important week, this year occurring between 16-20 November. Coordinated by the Anti-Bullying Alliance, last year alone saw 75% of UK schools taking part, reaching well over 7 million young people. Together we celebrate this year's theme of ‘United Against Bullying'.

Film can be an excellent and safe way of broaching issues around bullying faced by pupils of all ages. Films can often provide a starting point for discussion of these issues and serve as a catalyst for the formation of anti-bullying strategies, both in and outside of school. Into Film is a proud partner and supporter of the great work that the Anti-Bullying Alliance does, and each year we aim to provide new teaching tools and resources to support educators and club leaders in tackling what can sometimes be a challenging and sensitive subject for young people.

This year, we're proud to present a brand new teaching resource based on one of our recently-announced Into Film Award-winning films - I'm the One, made by 15-year-old Eden from Brecon in Powys, who is now aged 16.

I have always been sensitive to others and often notice how people's behaviours can affect others - both positively as well as negatively. We can all be judgemental at times, and I wanted to create a film that would encourage the audience to think about their actions and the thoughts behind them.

Eden, Into Film Award winning filmmaker

We are delighted to work in partnership with Into Film and award-winning filmmaker and Kidscape Ambassador Eden to share 'I'm the One' with a younger audience. It's vital that we look for new and innovative ways to engage, empower and support young people to challenge prejudice and bullying, grow in empathy towards one another, and stand united against bullying.

Lauren Seager-Smith FRSA, CEO Kidscape

In addition to our I'm the One resource, we've also updated our Anti-Bullying film list and collated a series of further youth-made short films that tackle the issue of bullying in various diverse and innovative ways. The films chosen aim to help pupils discuss the different bullying issues raised and help build their confidence to tackle them in a positive way. 

Into Film Clubs will be able to order all of the feature films on DVD, while the youth-made shorts - all of which are previous winners or runners-up in our Film of the Month competition - are available for everybody to watch. For those that were Film of the Month winners you can also find interviews with the creators, who talk about the ideas behind their films and discuss their production processes.

Don't have an Into Film Club yet? Why not start one today.'

Outsider - Film of the Month October 2017

Engaging for audiences aged 11+, Outsider is an intelligent, superbly shot portrayal of racial identity in which its British-born Chinese protagonist feels caught between two cultures.

Note: please be aware that the film deals with issues of racism and contains racial slurs.

That Girl - Film of the Month Runner-Up April 2020

Engaging for ages 12-15 and above, That Girl sees a girl clearly struggling at home, and at school, but is she handling it in the best way she can?

Confirm Humanity - Film of the Month Winner July 2017

Engaging for those aged 14+, Confirm Humanity sees a young man descend into an existential crisis when an online pop-up asks him to prove his humanity in this superbly deft and delicate exploration of what it is that makes us human.

Note: Features strong suggestion of violence, but no image of injury

Paper Child - Film of the Month Runner-Up December 2018

Engaging for ages 9-11 and above. When you are being bullied you become like paper and can tear easily. A friend brought to life from a sketch helps to overcome. - Paper Child is a film is full of imagination and originality and encourages thinking beyond the norm.

The Shift - Film of the Month Runner-Up December 2019

Engaging for ages 12-15 and above, The Shit sees two young brothers live a completely different lifestyle to each other; one is popular, the other less so. They both want each other's lives, but don't know it. Will the shift be worth it in the end?

The Anti-Bullying Week 2020 Manifesto

This year, more than ever, we've witnessed the positive power that society can have when we come together to tackle a common challenge.

Anti-Bullying Week is no different. Bullying has a long-lasting effect on those who experience and witness it. But by channeling our collective power, through shared efforts and shared ambitions, we can reduce bullying together. From parents and carers, to teachers and politicians, to children and young people, we all have a part to play in coming together to make a difference.

We're all a piece in the puzzle, and together, we're united against bullying.

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