The recent suicide of Coquitlam teen Amanda Todd is a sad reminder that we must stand up, speak out and support victims of bullying. Despite efforts to raise awareness and prevent bullying, it’s still going on.
Unfortunately, bullying is happening in the classroom, schoolyard, online and in the workplace. I wish to share the following video of news anchor Jennifer Livingston’s reply to a viewer’s email comments. It demonstrates that bullying not only affects young people, it affects adults as well.
Video - Jennifer Livingston’s Message to Her Bully:
Bullying is as any type of action purposely intended to make another person feel badly. This encompasses gossip, exclusion, teasing, name calling, cyber bullying, threats, intimidation and physical violence.
Bullying is NOT schoolyard play and MUST be treated seriously.
1. Use social media to speak out against bullying and educate others by teaching acceptance and understanding.
2. Refuse to partake in or pass along cyber bully messages and report instances of cyber bullying to a trusted adult.
If you or someone you know is a victim of cyber bullying, talk to a trusted adult about online bullying and staying cyber safe. Block communication with the cyber bullies and report the problem to the internet service provider or website moderator.
If it persists, save the communication from the cyber bully and speak with a teacher, principal or law enforcement officer. Cyber bullies may think they are anonymous, but they can be found. Here are some other ways to combat bullying in your community.
Encourage your school to establish an effective bullying prevention program creating an environment where youth in the school simply don't accept bullying and take concrete steps when they see it:
1. The students themselves don't bully.
2. They tell their friends it's not cool to bully.
3. They reach out and extend a hand of friendship & support to classmates they know are being bullied.
Refuse to be a bystander.
Build someone up instead of putting them down. Welcome everyone into your group and create a diverse and awesome circle of friends! When we share our lives and learn together, this enables us to see past our differences and discover our similarities.
We all have a voice in preventing bullying. Stand Up, Speak Out & Unite Against Bullying!
If you or someone you know needs help to deal with bullying, tell someone. Or contact:
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