Bullying Awareness Week: November 17 to 23
November 17th to 23rd is Bullying Awareness Week, and Kids Help Phone is encouraging us all to choose to make a difference this week by getting involved and helping to spread the word. Working together, we can help prevent bullying and ensure that kids who are bullied (or are bullies themselves) receive the support they need.
Bullying happens every day, and can cause a lot of pain. It can happen online or in person. A child or teen who is bullied may be repeatedly hurt, excluded, picked on, or humiliated – and feel very alone. Kids who bully may be experiencing their own problems, and many kids both bully and are bullied themselves. Unfortunately, about half of the time, kids do not tell an adult when they’ve been bullied.
Kids Help Phone provides much-needed resources to kids and teens who are in need of help. By providing access to trained, professional counsellors 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, Kids Help Phone provides young people with a trusted and confidential source of support at any time of day or night.
Some bullying stats:
- A 2011 Kids Help Phone survey asked kids if they had been cyberbullied: 65% said yes.
- 86% of Canadian teachers feel bullying and violence are serious problems in public schools.
- About 10% of the contacts that Kids Help Phone receives from young people relate to bullying.
- In Canada, a child or teen is bullied every seven minutes on the playground.
- More than 50% of the time, bullying stops when a bystander intervenes.
- The best way to stop bullying is to prevent it. Working to promote environments based on respect and empathy, and reaching out and being inclusive of others, are great ways to stop bullying from happening in the first place.
At kidshelpphone.ca, kids and teens can find instant access to expert-vetted information, tips and tools about bullying and cyberbullying. Parents and educators (or anyone who works with or cares about kids) can also benefit from getting to know these resources. Whether or not your child is experiencing bullying, it’s always a good idea to be prepared and aware. Why not sit down with the kids in your life and review these resources together?
- The Bullying Info Booth, for kids ages 8-11 and for teens, has information for youth who have been bullied, have witnessed bullying or have engaged in bullying themselves.
- The Cyberbullying Info Booth helps you learn more about cyberbullying, what to do if it happens to you, how to stop doing it, and what to do if you are a bystander. It also contains videos to teach you how to protect your privacy on Facebook.
- How to Block Cyberbullies explains how to block unwanted messages online.
- Feeling Forensics helps kids ages 8 to 11 practice identifying emotions – a building block in developing empathy for others.
Stand up to cyberbullying
This November, Kids Help Phone is asking everyone in Canada to stand up to cyberbullying. One way to start is by sharing the message below online any way you like – through social media, your website, blog, or email signature – and ask everyone you know to do the same:
This Bullying Awareness Week, take a stand against cyberbullying. Pause before your post. Report hurtful comments. Promote respect. #BAW13
For more information on Kids Help Phone and to keep up to date with all of their Bullying Awareness Week activities and initiatives, be sure to like Kids Help Phone on Facebook or follow them on Twitter.
About Kathy Sima
Kathy is a blogger and freelance writer and mom of two teens who gave up her career as a financial advisor when her son was diagnosed with autism at age 3. When it comes to parenting, Kathy truly believes there is strength in numbers and knows that sharing stories and strategies with other parents has helped keep her sane (so far!)