National Bullying Prevention Week

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2023 DateNovember 13, 2023
2024 DateNovember 17, 2024

National Bullying Prevention Week

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National Bullying Prevention Week is dedicated to raising awareness about the impact of bullying and promoting a safe environment for individuals. It involves various activities, events, and educational resources designed to empower people to stand up against bullying and to encourage a culture of kindness, respect, and empathy. Throughout Canada, schools, communities, and organizations participate in this special week to proactively foster a safe and supportive atmosphere for everyone.

The origins of National Bullying Prevention Week can be traced back to the United States in 2006, when PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center initiated the event to help educate communities on the prevalence of bullying and how it can be prevented. Since then, the observance has gained momentum, and its significance has reached countries like Canada, where bullying remains a concern. Research indicates that bullying, whether physical, verbal, or cyber, adversely impacts mental health and well-being. As such, it is essential for Canadians to participate in National Bullying Prevention Week to create a harmonious society where everyone feels valued and respected.

During National Bullying Prevention Week, various customs and activities take place across Canada. Some examples include schools engaging students in bullying prevention workshops, hosting assemblies or talks by guest speakers, and launching anti-bullying campaigns. Communities and organizations are also encouraged to create and share resources to promote understanding and educate individuals on response strategies and prevention techniques. While the exact dates may vary slightly between Canadian provinces, National Bullying Prevention Week typically coincides with the internationally recognized observance held annually during the first full week of October.

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Top facts about National Bullying Prevention Week

  • According to the Canadian Red Cross, out of 35 countries Canada had the 9th highest rate of bullying among 13 year olds.
  • Over half of bullied children do not report being bullied to a teacher.
  • According to the Canadian Institute of Health Research, the most common form of cyber-bullying involved threatening or aggressive e-mails or instant messages.
  • There are several types of bullying, including verbal (name-calling, insults, etc.), social (spreading rumors, exclusion, etc.), physical (hitting, pushing, etc.), and cyberbullying (harassment and intimidation through electronic means).
  • Approximately one in three students in the United States report being bullied at school.
  • Victims of bullying often experience a range of negative psychological consequences, such as depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, and feelings of isolation.

Top things to do for National Bullying Prevention Week

  • Speak to your friends or family about bullying. Offer your support and let them know you are there for them.
  • Browse or take school climate surveys to gauge how well bullying is handled in your community.
  • Watch anti-bullying videos and learn how to recognize signs of bullying. Learn how to prevent it and take a stand.
  • People are encouraged to wear orange to show they are united for kindness, acceptance, and inclusion.

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