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Anti-bullying charity links up with Elmer for online schools pack

The anti-bullying charity has teamed up with Andersen Press’s Elmer to help primary school teachers prevent online and offline targeting of children.

Kidscape has linked up with childern’s book character Elmer for a free online resource pack available for schools to help teachers prevent bullying among primary school children.

The pack is available from the Kidscape website and aims to help primary school teachers plan activities to build bullying prevention into lessons and school life.

It also outlines plans schools can adopt for Anti-Bullying Week (November 11-15), including an event called Friendship Friday on November 8.

The link up with Elmer is with the character’s publisher Andersen Press.

“We’re helping more and more families who are concerned about bullying in younger children,” said  Lauren Seager-Smith, Chief Executive Officer of Kidscape.

“The aim of Friendship Friday is to help children, schools and parents build kind and caring communities where all children can thrive. We’re delighted to be working with Andersen Press and Elmer as Elmer champions friendship, kindness and inclusivity, which are at the heart of Kidscape’s work and Friendship Friday.”

Encouraging friendships

David McKee, Creator of Elmer, added: “For nearly 30 years now Elmer has stood for accepting who you are and celebrating difference. We are all different, with so many differences, difference of colour, of accents, but also of size, shape and how we dress. The differences are what make the world so rich.

“If Elmer can help in any way, no matter how small, to encourage friendships then he will, he tells me, feel very proud. As will I as his creator.”

According to Kidsccape nine out of ten children who attend its workshops see improvements in their mental health.

Anti-Bullying Week is being spearheaded by the Anti-Bullying Alliance and has the theme Change Starts With Us. This looks to tackle a range of bullying types, including online, verbal, physical and other in person abuse.

The week has a specific goal to help schools, children, parents and carers take collective responsibility for stamping out bullying.

Activity will include a social media campaign and making campaign resources available to download.

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