Students visited by officers as part of anti-bullying week
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Young people from across Medway, Dartford, Gravesham and Swale, have been visited by officers to learn more about how to tackle bullying.
Officers from Kent Police’s Schools Team visited more than 3,000 students between Monday 15 and Friday 19 November 2021 as part of national Anti-Bullying Week.
During the visits pupils, who are aged 11 to 14, learned about the effects bullying can have and what forms it can take. They were also told about help and support they can turn to if they are being targeted.
Attending officers also explained the law and the consequences of harassment. The teenagers additionally watched videos and were presented with interactive lesson plans designed to encourage them to think deeply about bullying. Sergeant Glen Rickersey, who heads up Kent Police’s North Kent Schools Team, said: ‘Officers have spent the week meeting and talking to young people about bullying and helping to teach them how to deal with bullies. ‘Bullying can take on several forms including physical, verbal and mental abuse and it is important that young people understand how to seek help if they are being bullied, and what it means to be a bully. ‘This has been a positive week and we hope our visits have helped to enable the pupils to feel more confident when it comes to dealing with bullying should they ever face it.’