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Thursday , 2 December 2021

It’s Bullying Awareness Week

It’s not cool to be a bully. However, bullying can happen to any person, at any age, in any community – at home, school, or work.

This week is Bullying Awareness Week. People who have been bullied can experience depression, substance misuse, criminal behaviour and suicide. People who bully others can have difficulty having healthy relationships when they become adults.

Minister of Community and Social Services Jason Luan and Minister of Education Adriana LaGrange from the Alberta Government says, “We are recognizing Bullying Awareness Week by raising awareness of the resources available to anyone dealing with or witnessing bullying, including cyberbullying.”

“It is important to learn where to turn if you see or experience bullying. If you need help or know someone who does, you can call the 24-7 Bullying Helpline at 1-888-456-2323 or chat online at alberta.ca/BullyingChat. Both are free and confidential. Friendly helpline staff are trained to help individuals navigate available supports and determine the next course of action for their situation.”

Bullying prevention tips

For those who are experiencing bullying

  • Talk to an adult that you trust, and don’t be afraid to ask a friend to go with you.
  • Report the incident according to your school or organization’s anti-bullying policy.
  • Spend your time with friends who you can count on to support and stick up for you.
  • Appear confident—stand tall, hold your head high, make eye contact, speak firmly—and let the person doing the bullying know that it is not okay.
  • Stand up for yourself without being aggressive; violence only makes things worse.
  • Remind yourself that you do not deserve to be bullied or harassed.
  • To get help: Kids Help Phone 1-800- 668-6868 or www.kidshelpphone.ca

For those who are bullying others

  • If you have bullied others, you can stop!
  • Talk to someone you trust who can help you find ways to have healthy relationships.
  • Ask a friend to tell you if they notice if you start to bully others.
  • You do not have to like everybody, but you do have to respect everybody.
  • If you are unsure of how to apologize after you have bullied, ask an adult or a friend for help.
  • Challenge yourself to be more inclusive of others and to be a good friend.
  • Everyone has power. Use yours in a positive way to help others, not hurt them.

For those who are witnessing bullying

  • By getting help, you are part of the solution; watching and doing nothing makes you part of the problem.
  • Report the incident according to your school or organization’s anti-bullying policy.
  • If you see somebody who is being bullied, assess the situation; intervene if you feel safe—if not, get an adult to help.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask friends to support you in speaking out against bullying.
  • Don’t laugh or cheer on bullying—refuse to go along with it.
  • Write down what happened so you can describe the bullying incident clearly later.
  • Ask your teacher or counselor for effective ways to intervene in bullying situations.
  • Talk to the person who has been bullied and let them know that they do not deserve to be treated like that and show them that you care.
  • Try to be more inclusive of kids who you know are being bullied; be a good friend.

More information about Bullying Awareness Week, including resources, promotional materials and events, can be found at alberta.ca/Bullying

About Arthur C. Green

Arthur C. Green is from Whitbourne Newfoundland and graduated from the CNA Journalism Program. Arthur also studied Business Marketing and Political Science at Memorial University in Essex England and St. John's Newfoundland. Green has worked for such organizations as CBC, CBC Radio, NTV, Saltwire, Great West Media, CKLB Radio, Vista Radio, and Postmedia. He also loves Jiggs Dinner!