Fighting Bullying With Film

Into Film Teams Up with Anti-Bullying Alliance for Anti-Bullying Week 2015

Surveys show that more than 16,000 young people are absent from school at any one time due to bullying - yet bullying is a sensitive and complex subject which many students are reluctant to talk about. Film is an excellent tool to explore issues and behaviour relating to bullying in a non-personal, non confrontational way.

To help teachers tackle anti-bullying through film the education charity Into Film has come up with the following new resources and activities for Anti-Bullying Week (November 16-20):

  • Anti-Bullying on Film resource, created in partnership with the Anti-Bullying Alliance, offering films, activity outlines and worksheets to spark discussion about bullying and related themes such as cyber bullying, collectivism and standing up for what is right. Films for secondary are About A Boy (12), 2015 teen movie The Duff (12) and The Colour Purple (15). Activities include: exploring how one character can influence others positively and negatively, analysing decisions made by characters at pivotal moments with a ‘character crossroads’ worksheet, and researching inspirational characters who were bullied as children. Download the resource at
  • Free CPD sessions, also created in partnership with Anti-Bullying Alliance, to develop educators’ confidence in tackling anti-bullying through film. Designed for anyone working with 7-14 year olds, the sessions will help use film effectively to examine appropriate behaviours through analysis of on-screen action and enable students to express their thoughts, voice and learning through filmmaking. To book a free session for 15 educators or more at your school or venue contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
  • Anti-bullying topic, featuring seven films that tackle the issue of bullying. Films are free for all schools with an Into Film Club - to view the topic or set up a free film club visit
  • Free screenings at the Into Film Festival (November 4th-20th) of films in which bullying is a central theme, with associated teaching resources, at venues throughout the UK. For information or to book visit

“When it comes to bullying, there are times when words and policies fail us, where once again we see the destructive power of bullying in the lives of our students, and fear we’re not getting through. Film provides a unique opportunity to touch hearts and minds, creating a safe space to reflect and share fears, thoughts and solutions.” Lauren Seager-Smith, National Coordinator, Anti-Bullying Alliance