International Day against Violence and Bullying at School Including Cyberbullying-1st of November

International Day against Violence and Bullying at School Including Cyberbullying-1st of November

Violence in educational settings is a daily reality that denies millions of children and young people the fundamental human right to education. One estimate by Plan International suggests that 246 million children and adolescents experience violence in and around school every year. Girls are disproportionately affected, as are those perceived not to conform to prevailing sexual and gender norms.

What is cyberbullying?

Cyberbullying is bullying with the use of digital technologies. It can take place on social media, messaging platforms, gaming platforms and mobile phones. It is repeated behaviour, aimed at scaring, angering or shaming those who are targeted. Examples include:

  • spreading lies about or posting embarrassing photos of someone on social media
  • sending hurtful messages or threats via messaging platforms
  • impersonating someone and sending mean messages to others on their behalf. 

Face-to-face bullying and cyberbullying can often happen alongside each other. But cyberbullying leaves a digital footprint – a record that can prove useful and provide evidence to help stop the abuse.

Harassment at school deprives millions of young people of the fundamental right to education. According to UNESCO, one in every three students worldwide has been a victim of bullying and has had to endure its devastating consequences such as: declining academic performance, dropping out of school, and potentially life-threatening physical and, or, mental issues. Moreover, school closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic have led learners to increase their screen time very considerably and unstructured time online can increase their exposure to cyberbullying.

First International Day against Violence and Bullying at School, Including Cyberbullying

In order to spread the awaresses about this crucial topic , UNESCO declared International Day for against Violence and Bullying at School, Including Cyberbullying.

On the occasion of the first International Day against Violence and Bullying at School, Including Cyberbullying, UNESCO and the French Ministry of Education Youth and Sports will host an online International Conference on School Bullying among Students on 5 November from 1 pm to 3 pm, Central European Time. The event follows the commitment made in this regard by the ministers of education of the G7 under the presidency of France in 2019.