Wednesday, February 24 is Pink Shirt Day - Anti-Bullying Day - when people wear mainly a pink shirt to symbolise a stand against bullying. Did you know:
Two out of three youth have faced bullying over their cell phones or online.
Three out of ten bullied students reported missing school at least once.
Three out of five LGBTQ+ students feel unsafe at school.
Every seven minutes someone is bullied on a playground in Canada.
A recent survey also found cyberbullying surpassed drugs and alcohol as the top concern among Canadian parents. Bullying affects us physically, emotionally and mentally and is a major problem in our schools, workplaces, homes, and online. Bullying comes in many forms, including but not limited to verbal attacks, physical violence, threats and intimidation.
This years’ Pink Shirt Day theme is, “lift each other up”. The focus is on working together and treating others with dignity and respect. The pandemic has affected us all and shown the importance of helping one another and advocating for those who need it.
Chances are that you or someone you know is being impacted. How we respond to bullying as a victim or witness is important. Over 90% of bullying incidents have peer witnesses. But when those peers intervene, most incidents are quickly resolved.
Remember that kindness and compassion can go a long way. It is important to support healthy self esteem and teach empathy, compassion and kindness. There are many resources available for parents, caregivers and our youth. Visit the Pink Shirt Day website for more information. Make every day an anti-bullying day!