Stop Bullying Now – Pink Shirt Day 2011

| February 23, 2011 | 4 Comments

There are very few things in life as sad for a child than to be picked on. It’s the worst to hear the kids around you making fun of you or calling you names – and it can scar forever. Kids should never be subjected to the cruelty of bullying – whether it be the big kid who steals your lunch money or the kid who sits across from them calling them names. Today, across Canada, we stand together against bullying as a part of Pink Shirt Day 2011.

Bullying is a serious problem in our schools and communities these days. It’s time we stood up and stopped tolerating it all – and while I believe that with all of my heart – it took two kids from Nova Scotia who stood up to a bully with a pink shirt protest to get Canadians to recognize the problem and begin to offer solutions.

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The JetFM, London Drugs and the Comox Valley Boys and Girls Club – as a part of this national day of anti-bullying – are taking a stand today as well. Here is an excerpt from the pinkshirtday.ca website:

Many people believe, likely because they experienced it themselves, that bullying is a “rite of passage” for kids—required in order to deal with the tough realities of life. At Boys and Girls Clubs, we know that victims of bullying, witnesses of bullying and bullies themselves all experience the very real and long term negative impacts of bullying regardless of its forms—physical, verbal, written or on-line (cyber-bullying). We also know that there are constructive and supportive ways to develop skills to prevent bullying and to thrive. And, we know that by developing those skills in a supportive environment, the emotional and psychological scars from bullying that haunt and shape people’s futures can be avoided.

Boys and Girls Clubs programs foster self esteem, social engagement, academic success, inclusion, acceptance, respect for self and others, and connection to community—all of which are key elements of bullying prevention. Boys and Girls Clubs proudly participate in Pink Shirt Day because it promotes awareness, understanding and openness about the problem and a shared commitment to a solution.

They are asking folks across the Comox Valley to don their pink shirts today in protest of bullying in all forms. You can wear any pink shirt at all or get an anti-bullying tee while supplies last at London Drugs. That’s what the two teens from Nova Scotia did, silencing the bullies for good.

It’s a simple, powerful act – a silent protest that speaks volumes about the Comox Valley being a community of inclusion. Be a part of the solution.

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Robin Rivers is the Project Development Director for Vancouver-based Mherge Media Group. Often can be found leaping tall buildings with the help of great friends. Predisposed to odd hats and the color orange. In love with imagination, her kids and that crazy guy who married her.

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  1. DQ says:

    This is a great start and let’s continue the discussion with feelings and needs. Kids need to have vocabulary for saying what their feelings are.

    Bullies are sometimes scared and unhappy and sometimes bullied themselves. We can talk about our needs for inclusion, safety, knowing that we matter (being cool).

    I have started to use some of the tools of Compassionate Communication (NVC) with my family and it is so satisfying hearing my son say I am frustrated. Even just naming it is a start instead of whacking his brother (which also happens.

    There is a useful curriculum called Heart Talk. Let’s get that in the schools!

    Also I want to see Mary Gordon’s Roots of Empathy in every school! That can make a huge difference in the level of compassion in a classroom and school.
    Thanks for writing about it Robin!

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