I'm here to talk to you about Pink Shirt Day, and Supporting Anti-Bullying. As you can see from this video, this is something that has affected me personally and I want to make a difference in any way I can!
Here are some stats regarding bullying in Canada:
- Canada has the 9th highest rate of bullying in the 13-years-olds category on a scale of 35 countries1
- At least 1 in 3 adolescent students in Canada have reported being bullied recently2
- Among adult Canadians, 38% of males and 30% of females reported having experienced occasional or frequent bullying during their school years3
- 47% of Canadian parents report having a child victim of bullying4
- Any participation in bullying increases risk of suicidal ideas in youth5
- The rate of discrimination experienced among students who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans-identified, Two-Spirited, Queer or Questioning (LGBTQ) is three times higher than heterosexual youth4
- Girls are more likely to be bullied on the Internet than boys6
- 7% of adult Internet users in Canada, age 18 years and older, self-reported having been a victim of cyber-bullying at some point in their life7
- The most common form of cyber-bullying involved receiving threatening or aggressive e-mails or instant messages, reported by 73% of victims6
- 40% of Canadian workers experience bullying on a weekly basis7
- Canadian Council on Learning – Bullying in Canada: How intimidation affects learning (PDF 164 KB)
- Molcho M., Craig W., Due P., Pickett W., Harel-fisch Y., Overpeck, M., and HBSC Bullying Writing Group. Cross-national time trends in bullying behaviour 1994-2006: findings from Europe and North America. International Journal of Public Health. 2009, 54 (S2): 225-234
- Kim Y.S., and leventhal B. Bullying and Suicide. A review. International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health. 2008, 20 (2): 133-154
- Bully Free Alberta – Homophobic Bullying
- Statistics Canada – Cyber-bullying and luring of children and youth
- Statistics Canada – Self-reported Internet victimization in Canada
- Lee R.T., and Brotheridge C.M. “When prey turns predatory: Workplace bullying as predictor of counteragression / bullying, coping, and well-being”. European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology. 2006, 00 (0): 1-26
So, if by some mirace you have NOT been affected by bullying in your family, count your blessings, but also, realize that it IS a massive issue.
Let's make a difference, let's make a change ... wear a Pink T-Shirt on Wednesday, February 27th!
Till next time ...
PS Take a picture of yourself in your Pink T-Shirt and share it with us on Facebook! We'd love to see it!