We know that the bullying of children with unusual appearances is all too common

emPowering classmates

  • School should be a nice place to be and a safe place for everyone
  • “We should all consider each other as human beings, and we should respect each other.”
    – Malala 1
  • Take responsibility for your own behaviour. Score yourself – are you always, often, or sometimes respectful towards others? Work on improving your score. When you are disrespectful, what can you do to change your behaviour?
  • Make sure you know your school’s anti-bullying policy – what does it require of you?
  • Remember: ‘School’ includes to and from school and on the school bus,
  • If you overhear a hurtful remark or notice something disrespectful, don’t ignore it, tell a teacher.
  • If someone’s banter or joke hurts someone else’s feelings, don’t join in – don’t encourage hurtful behaviour, be unimpressed and walk away. There are much better ways to have fun
  • Never object to sitting next to someone in class – there’s always time to hang out with your friends, lessons are not that time
  • If you see someone being bullied always tell a teacher. If it happens again tell a teacher again – and tell the teacher that this is a repeat incident
  • If a text or posting comes your way that is unkind about someone, don’t send it on – report it to a responsible adult. Cyberbullying is illegal, police can get involved and track down the perpetrators
  • It’s always wrong even if you didn’t start it.


  1. Malala Yousafzai’s quote.

Photograph: Marcus and friends, photographed by Christopher Thomond for The Guardian