This week is Anti Bullying Week. As someone that was bullied I do understand that the impact of bullying lasts a lifetime.
I am glad that I was able to use my experiences of being bullied to help others whilst at WWE on the ‘Be a Star campaign’ and to work with fantastic organisations such as BeatBullying.
There is a lot that needs to be done to tackle bullying. Involving role models and sports stars is one effective way which we did at WWE.
I am a Conservative because fundamentally I believe in opportunities – these can be taken if bullies are allowed to destroy your self worth. That is why the Conservative party have not underestimated the damage that can be done and have placed a greater focus on behaviour and bullying in school inspections
In fact over £4 million has been given to anti-bullying charities to help schools develop strategies to tackle bullying. We are strengthening teachers’ powers to tackle bullying – this includes the power to investigate allegations beyond the school gates, delete inappropriate images from phones and give out same-day detentions. Plus ensuring that children are better educated about the dangers of the internet – from this term children are now learning about internet safety as part of the new national curriculum, and Safer Internet Day is widely promoted each year.
For all those who experience bullying remember to stay strong, believe in yourself and follow your dreams. If I can do it – so can you.
BeatBullying tweeted a great quote recently that sums it up – Charlie Brown said – “Be yourself. No one can say you’re doing it wrong.”