Wednesday, February 24, is Pink Shirt Day. It’s a day where students take a stand against bullying by wearing a pink shirt at school and at work. Bullying happens often at school, work and also on the Internet (cyberbullying). Here are some quick facts about bullying*:
- Canadian teachers ranked cyberbullying as their issue of highest concern
- Over half of bullied children do not report being bullied to a teacher
- Since 2002, fighting behaviour has increased, especially in grades six to eight. As many as 18 per cent of boys and 8 per cent of girls report having been in four or more fights in the past year
- Boys are more likely to experience direct forms of bullying (physical aggression) while girls experience more indirect forms of bullying including cyberbullying.
- For boys, bullying behaviour peaks in grade nine at 47 per cent, while it peaks for girls in grades six, eight and nine at 37 per cent.
- Over 80 per cent of the time, bullying happens with peers around —and 57 per cent of the time, bullying stops within 10 seconds when a bystander steps in.
* For more facts and statistics head to redcross.ca
What does bullying look like? Bullying comes in the form of:
- Spreading rumours
- Telling others not to be friends with someone
- Yelling in someone's face
- Kicking and pushing
- Not including others
** as stated by PREVnet
How do we stop Bullying?
Bullying stops when we intervene. It only takes 10 seconds to stop an incident of bullying. Bullying stops when it’s accepted that everyone is different, and should be respected for those differences. Imagine how boring this world would be if everyone was exactly the same! As parents, it’s our job to educate our children about bullying. The American Psychological Association gives some tips on how teachers, parents, and students can prevent bullying.