County message - ‘we’re better without bullying’

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Any West Sussex young people who are being bullied are being urged not to suffer in silence and seek help.

National Anti-Bullying Week 2012 runs from Monday (November 19) to Friday November 23, the theme this year is ‘we’re better without bullying’.

Any young people worried about bullying, whether it’s them being bullied or they know someone who is being bullied, can find advice and information on the Your Space website at www.yourspacewestsussex.co.uk/antibullyingweek2012.

West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Children and Families Peter Evans said: “Bullying can take many forms, but is done deliberately to hurt or upset somebody. It could be name calling, leaving someone out of activities, stealing, spreading rumours or posting unkind comments about someone on a website.

“If bullying is affecting you, please don’t suffer in silence. If you’re being bullied, or you know someone who is, I would urge you to seek help and speak to your family, friends or school. You can also find out a wealth of information on our Your Space website.”

The information on Your Space includes things that people can do to take action against bullying, and useful links to organisations that can help.

Your Space also has an online advice and support service. Information shop staff are online from 12 noon to 2pm, and 3.15pm to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday, to answer any enquiries. Just visit the website at www.yourspacewestsussex.co.uk/onlinechat, type your name in the box and wait for the next available advisor to chat to you.

The service uses West Sussex County Council’s safeguarding policies so young people are protected online and can be assured that their conversations are being managed professionally.

Any parents or professionals who are worried about a young person who is bullying or being bullied can contact the Action Against Bullying support line on 0845 075 1010 for advice and support.