We have all experienced some form of bullying throughout our lives. I know I have, not just in childhood but even in adulthood. Unfortunately, the lasting impact of bullying can be felt throughout our lives. It is so important to take these experiences to determine how we can make the changes needed to create a more nurturing and constructive environment around us, especially in the lives of our children.
In this digital age, bullying can take shape in the form of cyberbullying and takes grasp in even the most subtle of ways with the potential of putting our children in vulnerable situations.
My daughter (who also has been victim to some form of bullying in the past) uses technology often for studies and for play. We have had many discussions around bullying and how she can help make a more positive impact in her day-to-day by recognizing the red flags and just by simply being kind and empathetic to everyone around her, both online and offline.
On Wednesday’s, we wear pink!
This Wednesday, February 27, we are helping take a stand against bullying with the power of pink!
Wednesday, February 27 is Pink Shirt Day, also known as Anti-Bullying Day, a day when people wear a pink shirt to symbolise a stand against bullying.
It is celebrated on various dates around the world (180 countries worldwide). Pink Shirt Day originated in Canada in 2007. It’s inspired by the story of two Nova Scotia teens who invited students at their school to wear pink as a show of support for another student who was bullied for wearing a pink shirt.
The movement is now a powerful testament to the impact we can have when we choose to help others rise above bullying by offering compassion and support.
We all have followers. It’s time to be leaders.
Telus, a company that I not only work proudly with, but support heavily because of their commitment and passion towards positive change and connection, has made a pivotal stand against bullying with their #EndBullying campaign including supporting youth with educational initiatives to make a safer, friendlier world online. With the help of their incredible partners they have developed unique cyberbullying awareness and prevention programs to help inform and keep Canadian youth safe online.
Have you taken the online pledge to help #EndBullying yet?
This Wednesday, why not wear a pink shirt to work or school to showcase your support against bullying?
What are other ways you and your children can take a stand against bullying? Have you or your children ever experienced bullying in your life? What positive conversations have you had around this important topic? I’d love to hear them!
Be kind to one another.
Disclaimer: This post was written in partnership with TELUS as a Telus_Partner; however, all opinions expressed are those of the author.