WE’RE DIFFERENT, NOT INDIFFERENT
Activistas contra el acoso

WE'RE DIFFERENT

More than 3,000 schoolchildren from the 52 most heavily-involved state, private and sponsored schools that took part in the School Competition in each province sent us their ideas on how to prevent, detect and address school bullying.

They have been used to create this Acrostic Against Bullying in different languages. Javier Ruescas, BookTuber and young author of the well-known ‘Los Cuentos de Bereth and Play’ trilogies and winner of the Hache Young People’s Literature Prize 2015, was inspired by these contributions to create this text against bullying.

3.000

alumnos

en representación de
los 167.265 participantes

52

centros

el centro más participativo
de cada provincia

156

reflexiones

para prevenir detectar y
actuar contra el acoso

THE ACROSTIC
AGAINST BULLYING

The acrostic against bulling

Somos diferentes, por Javier Ruescas

The acrostic against bulling

Activistas contra el acoso.

Prevenir el acoso a tiempo es una victoria.

Para pasarlo bien no es necesario que el otro se sienta mal.

La indiferència no ens permet actuar davant l'assetjament.

Las palabras lastiman igual que los golpes.

No tengas miedo de decir lo que ves, o lo que sientes. Pide ayuda sin dudar.

Moztu eta esan orain, gainerakoak zurekin gaude.

Conocer nuestras diferencias nos une y abre nuestras mentes.

No mires hacia otro lado, tú puedes pararlo.

Entendre que no soms iguals és la millor prevenció de l`assetjament.

Respetemos a nuestros compañeros para convivir en un ambiente feliz.

No te quedes con el exterior, llega al interior.

Non somos perfectos, non vimos con manual de instruccións, Respéctate e respecta aos demais.

O estás con la víctima, enfrentándote al acosador, o estás contra ella.

Respeta y acepta las diferencias del otro, crea un buen clima de convivencia.

Ikaskide guztiei jaramon egin behar diegu.

Para acabar con el acoso, antes hay que luchar contra el miedo.

O que mira e non actúa é tan covarde como o que acosa.

Para prevenir el acoso, aceptar la riqueza de la diversidad es la mejor vacuna.

Si algú es pensa millor i més fort assetjant a algú, actua. Demá l'assetjat pots ser tu./p>

Siempre es mejor actuar que arrepentirte de no haber hecho nada

Para ti é un xogo, para min un sufrimento.

El odio tiene mil caras, pero detrás solo hay una sola gran verdad: El miedo a lo diferente.

Irainak, mehatxuak, ezizenak, zurrumurruak, biolentzia, bazterkeriak ez dute lekurik gure ikasetxean.

Being different is simple; when it comes down to it, it’s inevitable. The difficult part is admitting it, accepting it and encouraging others to do the same.
And really, this isn’t bad news. It’s brilliant. The thing is that some people are afraid of what they don’t understand, and this can turn into rage and resentment. Bullying.

Making fun of people who try to do it is easy, too. Or you can just look the other way and ignore the fact that we are all fighting our own battles. That’s why only the courageous dare to do it, and to help others who are different, too.
Because it’s easy to run with the pack, get lost in the crowd, disappear, try to be invisible, to go unnoticed.

Because standing out in any way, sometimes without meaning to, is dangerous. It causes problems. It can mean being beaten up and insulted and threatened, and jokes that aren’t funny and pain, not only from being hit, but also from words.

That’s why those of us who are different must show we are not indifferent.
That we are willing to stand firm. That our voices are united by this secret that makes us brothers and sisters, makes us stronger, so that we can defend ourselves from those who want to intimidate and silence us, and protest.

Because being brave, like being different, isn’t easy, but, you know what? It’s worth trying. It’s worth defending those who have done it or who want to do it.
Because we only have one life to live, and there’s nothing more extraordinary than living it being different, however difficult it may seem.

A coruña

COLEGIO "SAGRADO CORAZÓN"

Álava

COLEGIO "SAN VIATOR" IKASTETXEA

Albacete

IESO "VÍA HERACLEA"

Alicante

CEIP "JORGE JUAN"

Almería

COLEGIO "COMPAÑÍA DE MARÍA"

Asturias

COLEGIO "VIRGEN MILAGROSA"

Ávila

IES "MARÍA DE CÓRDOBA"

Badajoz

COLEGIO "SAN JOSÉ"

Baleares (Illes)

COL·LEGI "MAESTRAL"

Barcelona

CENTRE D`ESTUDIS "CEIR-ARCO VILLAROEL"

Burgos

COLEGIO "SAGRADO CORAZÓN-SALESIANAS"

Cáceres

CRA "ORDEN DE SANTIAGO"

Cádiz

CEIP "PINAR HONDO"

Cantabria

COLEGIO "SAN JOSÉ"

Castellón

IES "FRANCESC TÁRREGA"

Ceuta

COLEGIO "SEVERO OCHOA"

Ciudad Real

PUERTA DE SANTA MARÍA - EDUCACIÓN ESPECIAL

Córdoba

CEIP "MIGUEL DE CERVANTES"

Cuenca

COLEGIO "SAGRADA FAMILIA"

Girona

ESCOLA "CARME GUASCH I DARNÉ"

Granada

CEIP "VICTORIA"

Guadalajara

CRA "PIMAFAD"

Guipúzcoa

COLEGIO "LA SALLE-BERROZPE" IKASTETXEA

Huelva

COLEGIO "MOLIÈRE"

Huesca

CRA "ALTA RIBAGORZA"

Jaén

CEIP "MANUEL ANDÚJAR"

La Rioja

CEIP "ANTONIO DELGADO CALVETE"

Las Palmas

COLEGIO "ARENAS INTERNACIONAL"

León

COLEGIO "LA ASUNCIÓN"

Lleida

ESCOLA "PAÍSOS CATALANS"

Lugo

CIFP POLITÉCNICO DE LUGO

Madrid

CEIP "LA GARENA"

Málaga

COLEGIO "SAN BARTOLOMÉ"

Melilla

COLEGIO "ENRIQUE SOLER"

Murcia

IES "REY CARLOS III"

Navarra

COLEGIO "IRABIA-IZAGA"

Ourense

COLEGIO "SANTA TERESA DE JESÚS"

Palencia

COLEGIO "NUESTRA SEÑORA DE LA PROVIDENCIA"

Pontevedra

ALOYA - CENTRO ÉDUCATIVO CONCERTADO

Salamanca

COLEGIO "MARÍA AUXILIADORA"

Santa Cruz de Tenerife

COLEGIO "LUTHER KING"

Segovia

COLEGIO MARISTA "NUESTRA SEÑORA DE LA FUENCILSA"

Sevilla

CEIP "ALCALDE LEÓN RÍOS"

Soria

CEIP "VIRGEN DE OLMACEDO"

Tarragona

INSTITUT "LA SENIA"

Teruel

CEIP "VICENTE FERRER RAMOS" - PRIMARIA

Toledo

IES "BLAS DE PRADO"

Valencia

COLEGIO "LA PURÍSIMA-FRANCISCANAS"

Valladolid

COLEGIO "LA INMACULADA-MISIONERAS SECULARES"

Vizcaya

LAURO IKASTOLA

Zamora

IES "LEÓN FELIPE"

Zaragoza

COLEGIO "SAGRADO CORAZÓN DE JESÚS"


What is bullying or student harassment?

We could say that bullying is any form of physical, psychological or verbal abuse that a student or group of students do to a schoolmate over a prolonged period of time.

Those who bully do it to impose their power over another through threats, aggression, insults and even harassment, with the aim of keeping the student under their complete control over the course of the school year. In general, and due to the victim’s isolation from all other classmates, the bullying is suffered in silence, which makes it very difficult for parents or teachers to detect it in time.

  • Physical: kicking, shoving, throwing objects... This is any direct attack on a classmate, although it may also be indirect, via thefts and material damages to the victim’s personal belongings.
  • Verbal: Words have great power and can crush bullied students’ self-esteem through insults, chanting, contempt, humiliation, offensive messages or calls, and the like. This is the most common type of bullying and the damage doesn't leave any physical marks.
  • Psychological: its purpose is to cause fear through threats to force the victim to do things they don’t want to and shouldn’t do.
  • Social: This occurs when bullies prevent their victim from participating in normal activities among classmates, contributing to the victim’s progressive isolation.

What is the situation like today?

Student bullying is a reality that affects children from all social conditions, both with disabilities and without, at public and private schools, affecting up to 4% of students in some school years, according to the Spanish Ministry of Education.

It is true that awareness is increasingly higher about the need to deal with bullying, as well as the number of initiatives to fight it from the classroom. However, the data revealed by several studies continue to be alarming:

  • According to the ANAR Foundation (Help for Children and Adolescents at Risk), cases of student bullying have grown 75% in the last year, with 30.7% of children acknowledging that they never said anything to their parents.
  • More than 10% of minors who suffer from bullying have some type of disability (datum from the ADECCO Foundation).
  • 60% of students with Asperger syndrome suffer from bullying (servimedia.es).

Therefore, we cannot say that bullying is an isolated matter, but conversely is a widespread fact that our society cannot let happen while we look the other way.