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Hear “Unstoppable” Isla McManus sing for Give Us A Break – Anti-bullying Week

Hear “Unstoppable”, Isla McManus sing for Give Us A Break – Anti-bullying Week


Isla is a very bubbly, caring loving little girl who makes her family so proud!

Isla was diagnosed with ASD when she was 4 years old and is currently waiting for results from her QB test for ADHD. Isla knows about her diagnosis and is very proud of who she is. She has a brother called Lincoln who is 5 and a cousin James who are both on the spectrum.

Isla attends Seaview Primary school, she’s just gone into year 7 and she has a full time 1-1 assistant, she loves school. Islas passions are singing and Art, she also loves to read.


Henry Bradshaw gives a moving performance for Give Us A Break – Anti-bullying Week

Henry Bradshaw gives a moving performance for Give Us A Break – Anti-bullying Week


Henry Bradshaw gives a moving performance for Give Us A Break – Anti-bullying Week

Henry describes himself as a bit of a geek, he likes marvel and loves Lego. Henry has a brain full of facts and enjoys sharing them. He was diagnosed with autism as an adult and he finally felt that he’s not weird he’s just himself.

At gigs you may see Henry sat outside or sat with headphones on before he sings.. Henry doesn’t post much on social media because he has a team that does that for him. Henry is at his happiest singing and listening to music and he hopes tonight he can inspire people who are like him to follow their dreams regardless of being different.


Addressing Bullying: An Examination of Workplace, School, and Online Bullying

Addressing Bullying: An Examination of Workplace, School, and Online Bullying

Addressing Bullying: An Examination of Workplace, School, and Online Bullying


Bullying is a pervasive issue that can manifest in various forms across different environments, such as the workplace, schools, and online. Efforts have been made to address and prevent bullying in these settings, recognising the detrimental impact it can have on individuals’ well-being and the broader community.

Workplace Bullying

Workplace bullying refers to the persistent mistreatment or harassment of an employee by colleagues, superiors, or subordinates. It can take various forms, including verbal abuse, exclusion, humiliation, or intimidation. There are legal frameworks in place to address workplace bullying, emphasising the importance of fostering a positive work environment.

Forms of Workplace Bullying:

Verbal Bullying: This includes name-calling, insults, and offensive comments. Verbal bullying can create a hostile atmosphere and damage an individual’s self-esteem.

Cyberbullying at Work: With the increasing use of digital communication, cyberbullying has become a concern in the workplace. This can involve sending threatening or offensive messages through emails, social media, or other online platforms.

Exclusion and Isolation: Deliberately excluding someone from work-related activities, events, or conversations can be a form of bullying. It can lead to feelings of isolation and undermine professional relationships.

Undermining or Sabotage: Actions that intentionally undermine the work or projects of a colleague, such as spreading false information or withholding critical resources, constitute workplace bullying.

Physical Bullying: Though less common, physical intimidation or violence can occur in the workplace, posing a significant risk to the victim’s physical and mental well-being.

Legal Frameworks:

The Equality Act 2010 in the UK prohibits bullying/ harassment related to protected characteristics such as age, disability, gender, race, religion, or sexual orientation. Employers are obligated to create a safe and inclusive work environment, and employees are encouraged to report instances of bullying.

School Bullying in the UK:

School bullying is a serious issue that can have lasting effects on a child’s development and well-being. The UK government has implemented measures to prevent and address bullying in schools, recognising the importance of creating a safe and nurturing learning environment.

Forms of School Bullying:

Verbal and Physical Bullying: Name-calling, teasing, and physical aggression are common forms of bullying in schools. This can occur in classrooms, hallways, or on school grounds.

Cyberbullying: With the prevalence of technology, cyberbullying has become a significant concern. This includes sending hurtful messages, spreading rumours online, or sharing inappropriate content.

Social Exclusion: Bullying can take the form of excluding individuals from social groups, activities, or events, leading to feelings of isolation and loneliness.

Prejudice-Based Bullying: Bullying based on characteristics such as race, gender, religion, or sexual orientation is a particular concern. The UK government promotes equality and diversity in schools to address this issue.

Preventive Measures:

The UK government has established anti-bullying initiatives and guidelines for schools to follow. Schools are encouraged to implement preventive measures, such as:

Anti-Bullying Policies: Schools are required to have clear and comprehensive anti-bullying policies outlining procedures for reporting and addressing incidents.

Education and Awareness: Promoting awareness about the different forms of bullying and their impact is crucial. Schools often conduct workshops and educational programmes to foster a culture of respect and empathy.

Support Systems: Establishing support systems, such as counselling services and peer support programmes, can help victims cope with the effects of bullying and create a safer school environment.

Online Bullying:

With the rise of digital communication and social media, online bullying, or cyberbullying, has become a significant concern. This form of bullying can occur in various settings, including social media platforms, messaging apps, and online forums.

Forms of Online Bullying:

Harassment and Threats: Sending threatening messages, harassing comments, or engaging in online intimidation are common forms of cyberbullying.

Flaming: Posting inflammatory and offensive comments in online discussions with the intention of provoking others is a form of online bullying.

Doxing: Revealing and publicising private or personal information about an individual online without their consent can be a severe form of cyberbullying.

Impersonation: Creating fake profiles or impersonating someone online to damage their reputation or deceive others is a harmful cyberbullying tactic.

Exclusion and Outing: Excluding individuals from online groups or outing someone’s private information publicly can be forms of online bullying.

Legal Measures:

In the UK, laws and regulations have been established to address online bullying. The Malicious Communications Act 1988 and the Communications Act 2003 make it illegal to send threatening or offensive messages online. Social media platforms also have their policies and reporting mechanisms to address cyberbullying.


Addressing bullying requires a multi-faceted approach involving legal frameworks, educational initiatives, and support systems. Whether in the workplace, schools, or online, creating a culture of respect and inclusivity is essential for preventing and mitigating the impact of bullying. Individuals are encouraged to report incidents, and organisations are responsible for fostering environments that prioritise the well-being of their members. By collectively working towards eradicating bullying, the UK aims to create safer and more supportive spaces for everyone.

Give Us A Break – Anti-Bullying Campaign 2023

Give Us A Break – Anti-Bullying Campaign 2023

Give Us a Break Campaign

Give Us a Break our ongoing antibullying campaign

Anna Kennedy Online, the UK Charity, is to continue raising awareness, and training on autism, to prevent bullying of children with autism in our schools and colleges with our campaign ‘Give us a Break!’ Too often these children are seen as the problem; as not ‘fitting in’ or ‘not settling down’. For the last few years during National Anti-Bullying Week our Give Us a Break is a national ongoing campaign that Anna Kennedy Online continue to highlight.

Bullying affects so many children and adults and the results can be damaging for them and everyone around them. If you are suffering, speak up, and if you see it, stand up to it. Please share, even if this makes a difference to one person.

Anna Kennedy Online once again call on all schools and colleges to be particularly aware of the bullying that children and individuals on the Autism spectrum experience at break times and to provide positive activities that keep them safe. For children and young people with autism, break and lunch times in schools and colleges can be particularly daunting and can put them at risk of bullying.

We want to see all schools take decisive action to create environments and cultures where all children feel safe and supported without the fear of bullying at schools, cyber bullying, and within the community. There have been some horrific cases in the media and we as a Charity continue to campaign to raise awareness with this growing concern exacerbated further by mate crime, cyber bullying, which has led to some tragic outcomes.

If you would like to spread the word of our Give Us A Break campaign please see below our campaign posters and it would be great if you could click on one of the images and download the poster and help us spread the message to support as many people as we can. We would love for you to show your support to Anna Kennedy Online, please share and let us make a change – together we are stronger!

You can so this by taking a photo or video of yourself and others by holding up one of the posters below either printed or show on your devices, then tag us in on social media using the links below.

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Please see below the latest news about the Give Us A Break campaign

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