15 - 18 November 2010 was Anti-Bullying Week.
When emotional literacy is given one fifth of the time devoted to developing literacy in schools, it is encouraging to see that events like Anti-Bullying Week work to redress the balance a little.
When bullies are the embodiment of all things 'anti', 'smash', 'beat', 'grab', 'stamp' and 'fight', the wise ones at the Anti-Bullying Alliance suggested it was time to step away from using negative language to promote tolerance and respect. Isn't that the most profoundly simple and obvious suggestion you have never heard?
In honour of this idea - the one that made me feel like I was suddenly antipodean - they suggested writing slogans with only positive connotations and language. And, are we not writers?
When the affects of Bullying are so negative, it is hard to think in the positive. This is my attempt.
Make like sociable: Safe