Stand Up & Speak Out

It's that time of year again when students are heading back to school, in order to support students and parents/guardians, we are running an #Advice4School campaign across social media. As part of our campaign we will be sharing some inspirational blogs and stories that will hopefully encourage students to seek the support that they truly deserve. 

This blog post comes from Ross Clark from England. 

What type of student were you, e.g; your hobbies, interests?

At school I was a quiet student and never popular. I spent a lot of time in the library reading or working on school work. I enjoyed learning new things and also spent a lot of time with the teachers and other adults as I didn't really have many friends.

If you could change one thing your high school experience now, what would it be?

If I could change one thing about school, I wish there was help from campaigns like the one that Anita runs. Sometimes there wasn't enough help from the teachers and others at the school and I would have loved to have someone who could help me like Anita.

What was the best piece of advice you were given at school?

The best advice I had at school was to work hard and then you will get the results you deserve.

What advice would you give to a parent/guardian reading this, if they are concerned about their young person?

If you are concerned about your child, I would try and talk to them and see what is happening at school that is making them unhappy or get them to speak to someone like Anita.

"School days are the best days of your life" 

Do you agree? What advice would you give to these young people to ensure that they are just that? 

My school days were the worst days of my life but I got good qualifications and I know that I won't have to see the people who bullied me at school again. I would advise people to try and stick with a friendship group that they trust and try not to let the bullies win.

What advice would you give someone who is concerned about bullying in general?

If someone is has concerns that someone is being bullied. I would advise them to report it to an adult or someone they trust so that the bullying can be investigated.

Speak with your child to find out if they have any concerns. Be there for them like you always have and always will. If bullying is occurring, put your child in the driving seat and give them control- this helps build their confidence back up after a traumatic experience. 

Anita Dennison, Don't Bully!