29 August 2019

How to talk to decision-makers about bullying in schools

Know your rights, Every child has the right to go to school safe from violence, including from their peers. Children also have the right to privacy, freedom of expression and freedom of information. When children are victims of bullying and cyberbullying, these rights are not respected. Having a legislative and policy framework that guarantees children’s rights to…, Why engage policymakers?, Children and young people from around the world have called for governments, teachers and parents to take action to ensure that they feel safe in and around school. In UNICEF polls, young people have consistently cited governments as having a key responsibility to prevent and respond to bullying, including online, through policies and regulations…, How can policymakers help prevent bullying?, To be an effective advocate, the most important first step is to know what policies, regulations or laws are available in your community. You can learn more through research, talking to school officials, other parents, and community leaders or even your local UNICEF office. Some questions you might consider asking are:  Are statistics and data on…, How can I effectively engage my policymakers?, Given that policymakers have a lot of issues to address, it is important to find out the best way to influence them. A few effective ways to engage policymakers depending on where you live include: Writing a letter, calling or meeting with your policymaker Speaking at a town hall meeting or a committee meeting related to schools and violence…, Take action, In addition to engaging decision-makers, you can work with your child and schools to prevent and address bullying. Learn more about how you can be a support system for your child and work with your local schools to make schools safer for students:
30 November 2018

The #ENDviolence Youth Manifesto

For far too many students around the world, school is a dangerous place. We asked young people about their experiences with violence in and around schools – and what they feel needs to be done to stop it. The response was overwhelming, with more than a million young people having their say. More than 2 in 3 young people said they worry about…, Overarching principles, Diversity and tolerance Equality is the foundation of promoting diversity and tolerance in schools. Equality should be taught and demonstrated at home and reinforced in schools. We must recognize that we are all equal. Our differences, including culture, gender, identity, disability, sexual orientation, nationality, race, ethnicity, migration…, We commit, Being kind We commit to being respectful and careful in how we treat our community and to speak up when it is safe to do so. Kindness is a responsibility that begins with each of us. Reporting violence We commit to breaking taboos and the victimization around reporting violence. We will seek out trusted authorities such as teachers, counsellors,…, We demand, Take us seriously We demand that our parents, guardians, schools as institutions, policymakers, and communities recognize our essence of being, our equality, our right to dignity, our right to exist in harmony in environments that are free of violence in all its forms. We demand that where violence may exist it must be addressed with the required…, Find out more