Addressing bullying in the physical and virtual classroom incorporating cyber bullying.

Titan delivered the EU BULLY project, with funding from the European Commission, to tackle both cyber bullying and bullying in the physical word. EU Bully operated in England, Wales, Ireland, Romania and Greece. The project has a specific focus on creating safe and secure environments in both physical and virtual environments to enable young people aged 5-18, parents, teachers and other support staff in schools and community organisations to discuss bullying openly. At least 5000 young people from primary, secondary and special schools, 2000 parents/carers and 500 teachers and other school or community support staff across all countries have benefited from the project. Each country was involved with experts from Hungary (InSite) and Wales (Spectacle Theatre) who supported developments in drama.

EU Bully offered a blended approach; creating innovation in the virtual world alongside the transfer and roll out of best practice in the use of drama in the physical world to provide safe and secure environments for bullying to be addressed openly. EU Bully supported all young people, including those identified as most vulnerable (Roma, travellers, ethnic/faith minorities, young people in care, disabled, at risk of offending, those living in poverty) and included additional support staff (in residential homes, health care systems, specialist associations supporting these groups in the schools and the community).

Adding value to the EU Bully project was the development of an app to be downloaded onto mobile (handheld) technologies for use within the curriculum in schools as part of ICT key learning strategies. The app also created an impact in the wider community with accessibility outside of the physical classroom allowing it to be used as a tool in the wider virtual world for young people. The app provides real time support and empowers the victim to both log the event, with the content identified, and report it. The logs have been used to create a database providing real time research data on cyber bullying. The database is held on the EU Bully website and allows the app to continue to be used as part of ICT teaching content in schools as part of a mainstream teaching resource. In May 2015 trainers from all the partner countries attended training to run drama based workshops delivered by Spectacle Theatre. There a play was devised and has since been translated and adapted by partners allowing it to be filmed for inclusion on websites for wider dissemination and use as an educational resource.

For further information please consult the below resources for schools, community groups and parents which can be used in classrooms or at home.

Using Drama to Address Bullying: A Teacher’s Manual – InSite Drama

This manual was devised to support the teacher training workshops delivered by InSite Drama. Download here.

The EU Bully Quiz Game

Developed by Zammer Ltd through consultation workshops with young people this multiple choice quiz challenges myths about bullying, raises awareness of tips to stay safe online, and asks the questions: what should I do in a bullying situation? The game is an interactive and fun exercise to complement workshops and lessons on bullying, or can be set as homework. Teachers have the ability to register their students and follow their progress on a number of topics.

Access the game and register your school here

The EU Bully Research Survey App

Students can be part of the solution by anonymously adding their bullying stats to the EU Bully research survey app. The app collects information on the nature and spread of bullying across Europe and beyond to inform the EU and national policy researchers. The app can be downloaded from iTunes and includes a simple yet fun game to grab students’ attention and start up the conversation about bullying.

Download from iTunes now!

This publication has been produced with support of the Daphne programme of the European Union.  The contents of the publication are the sole responsibility of the EUBULLY partnership consortium and can no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Commission (project reference: JUST/2013/DAP/AG/5364).