TORRIDGE councillors have spoken out to help publicise Anti-Bullying Week, which runs throughout this week, and to help raise awareness of the issues.

Councillor Caroline Church, lead member for children, said: “Anti-Bullying Week sends out a clear and positive message that bullying is neither acceptable nor inevitable. Our children are our future and as a community we must make every effort to take action together to prevent it.”

Councillor Roger Johnson, lead member for youth, added: “Bullying can take many forms. These days cyber-bullying, using mobile phones and the internet, is just as much bullying as in the old fashioned sense of the word and needs to be stamped out.”

The theme of this year’s Anti-Bullying Week is “Taking Action Together.”

The Anti-Bullying Alliance, which organises the week each November, says there is no easy answer when it comes to bullying behaviour. Every situation is different and requires a different approach. Children and young people who are being bullied may feel isolated and frightened, weak and powerless to make things better, and that it may be their fault. Many children who are experiencing bullying do not tell anyone.

Sue Steel, ABA National Manager, said, “Parents, carers, teachers, children and young people all have a part to play in working together to create a society where bullying is not tolerated and where we all respond to bullying quickly and appropriately. Bullying will only stop if we take action together.”

The ABA website has further information and advice on bullying and sources of support. Go to www.anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk