A common fear many parents share is their child being bullied. Bullying unfortunately happens in school and online. The affects of bullying are not only physical, but emotional and psychological. The longer a child is bullied the more traumatic it can be.
“Bullying can be devastating, leaving children withdrawn, shy, and insecure. Kids frequently suffer stomach aches, headaches, panic attacks, and nightmares.” –BullyinginCanada.ca
February 24 is Pink Shirt Day. This is a day to wear pink to symbolize bullying will not be tolerated.
The official Pink Shirt Day shirts are actually white this year. This was done intentionally to focus on the pink rainbow which represents hope, opportunity and the pride of LGBTQ2+ youth who are vulnerable to bullying during childhood.
Sadly, bullying may be unavoidable, but there are many ways to help prevent your children from being a victim.
- Most importantly, talk to them about it. Let them know they can always come to you no matter what. Listen to them.
- Teach them about bullying and let them know it is unacceptable to be bullied or be a bully. Teach them how to stay safe if they feel uncomfortable – stay near an adult or in a group.
- Monitor their social media.
- Put this number for BullyingCanada in their phone: 877-352-4497. They can text it 24/7 for support, help or advice.
- Be as involved with your children’s school life as you can be. Know their friends. If they seem off or upset, don’t let it go.
Watch this video for tips and advice to stop bullying:
Please head to Pink Shirt Day to purchase your official #PinkShirtDay merchandise. Proceeds fund anti-bullying initiatives. And be sure to wear your pink (or official white shirt with the pink rainbow) shirts tomorrow.
I co-wrote an article about Pink Shirt Day with the editor of Vancouvermom.ca. Read it here: