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Club supports Anti-Bullying Week

Posted on 1 December 2008  - 12:00

The Club has once again given its support to Anti-Bullying Week, a high-profile campaign to raise national awareness, which was held last week.

Club supports Anti-Bullying Week

The Club has once again given its support to Anti-Bullying Week, a high-profile campaign to raise national awareness, which was held last week.

The Anti-Bullying Alliance is committed to stopping bullying in all its forms. Bullying is unacceptable behaviour and the Club shares this view.

In November each year, the Alliance runs an Anti-Bullying Week and this year's slogan: 'Being different, belonging together' looks at preventing and responding to bullying, harassment and discrimination and how they are interconnected and interdependent.

The Club believes that all children have the right to enjoy football in a safe environment - free from harm and bullying. This is our commitment to all our stakeholders, including children and their parents/carers.

Last year, through the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation and the Club hosted an event organised by Haringey's Youth Council and Academy Scholars Jake Livermore and Kyle Fraser-Allen made a presentation.

This year, Academy Schoolboys in the Under-9 to Under-14 groups were involved with activities looking at bullying, belonging together and being a team. The boys made their own Code of Conduct based on the Academy's "Tottenham Standard" and they made it very clear what behaviour is acceptable and unacceptable.

One of the activities focused on positive behaviour and the Academy schoolboys took part in a competition to design a poster with a football theme around friendship and team-mates.

All the posters were impressive, but two overall winners of the competition were selected by our judge, Reserve team captain Dorian Dervite. In the Juniors section, the winner was Conor (pictured on home page) from the Under-11s, while Dan (pictured right) from our Under-12s won the Senior section.

Being different, belonging together
All forms of bullying need to be addressed. This year's theme 'Being different, belong together' will help children and organisations to focus on how children and young people treat each other. A good starting point for children of all ages is the notion of just how boring the world would be if there was no diversity in it.

Schools often acknowledge that difference - real or perceived - is a common basis for much of the conflict and bullying that teachers and other staff in schools are called to respond to.

Harassment and discrimination are both similar to, and different from, bullying. Some children do not regard their actions as bullying or they may genuinely not understand the impact of some of their behaviours.

The Anti-Bullying Alliance defines bullying as:
The repetitive, intentional hurting of one person by another, where the relationship involves an imbalance of power. Bullying can be carried out physically, verbally, emotionally or through cyberspace (eg, email, SMS).

Children and Young People
Bullying remains an important issue for children and young people. Parents worry about bullying. It is often difficult to know what to do if you notice signs that your child may be being affected by the actions of others.

My child is being bullied...
If your child tells you he/she is being bullied he/she can speak with a teacher, your GP, Childline (0800 1111) or other relevant organisation.

Parents can seek support and more information from the Parentline helpline on 0808 800 2222. Lines are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.