On February 26, 2014 everyone is encouraged to wear something PINK to symbolize that we as a society will not tolerate bullying anywhere. We wish we could take credit for this idea but it comes from two incredible Nova Scotia high school students. Here is a snippet of the Globe & Mail article which inspired me:

 

David Shepherd and Travis Price


“David Shepherd, Travis Price and their teenage friends organized a high-school protest to wear pink in sympathy with a Grade 9 boy who was being bullied [for wearing a pink shirt]…[They] took a stand against bullying when they protested against the harassment of a new Grade 9 student by distributing pink T-shirts to all the boys in their school.


‘I learned that two people can come up with an idea, run with it, and it can do wonders,’ says Mr. Price, 17, who organized the pink protest. ‘Finally, someone stood up for a weaker kid.’


So Mr. Shepherd and some other headed off to a discount store and bought 50 pink tank tops. They sent out message to schoolmates that night, and the next morning they hauled the shirts to school in a plastic bag.


As they stood in the foyer handing out the shirts, the bullied boy walked in. His face spoke volumes. ‘It looked like a huge weight was lifted off his shoulders,’ Mr. Price recalled.


The bullies were never heard from again.”

 

Will you join in by wearing pink on February 26th?

 

Till next time ...

 

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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

  1. Canadian Council on Learning – Bullying in Canada: How intimidation affects learning (PDF 164 KB)
  2. 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
  3. Kim Y.S., and leventhal B. Bullying and Suicide. A review. International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health. 2008, 20 (2): 133-154
  4. Bully Free Alberta – Homophobic Bullying
  5. Statistics Canada – Cyber-bullying and luring of children and youth
  6. Statistics Canada – Self-reported Internet victimization in Canada
  7. 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!

 

There is more information here and here.

 

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!

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