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February 22, 2023
Today is Pink Shirt Day. It was started in Nova Scotia in 2007 by Travis Price and David Shepherd after a ninth grader, Chuck McNeill, was bullied for wearing a pink shirt. The goal is education and awareness about bullying.
Bullying is aggression where there is a power imbalance, with the bully having power over the victim.
In addition to traditional bullying, kids are susceptible to cyberbullying because of access to computers and smart phones. Cyberbullying is bullying through electronic means and includes cyberstalking, harassment, impersonation, denigration, and outing. Cyberbullying is deliberate, hostile, and repeated harm that can feel even more overwhelming because a target is constantly accessible online.
What can kids who are being cyberbullied do?
The consequences of bullying can be serious, with a lifelong impact on both victims and perpetrators. Bullying causes physical injuries and emotional problems like depression, anxiety, or low self-esteem. it can also lead to self-harm, eating disorders, and even suicide. Bullying can have life-long consequences, with bullied kids going on to be bullied adults. Children who are bullies can become abusive adults and may commit criminal offences, date violence, sexual harassment, gang violence, and spousal, child, and senior abuse.
You can participate in Pink Shirt Day by:
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