Pink Shirt Day is upon us - a time to practice kindness and acceptance towards yourself and others, and help spread awareness about bullying prevention in our schools and communities.
Bullying is something young people are likely to experience in school, in their community or online, and whether they’re the victim or the bully, it’s often a cry for help.
The Health Literacy team and Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre
at BC Children’s Hospital works closely with school districts across B.C. providing supports and resources to educators, parents and community organizations that help create healthy and safe environments for children and youth. In collaboration with school districts across B.C., we work to cultivate environments where young people feel cared about, connected and supported resulting in positive social relationships and better learning outcomes.
Evidence shows that fostering healthy relationships is more likely to prevent bullying than enforcing anti-bullying rules and punishment. Educators in schools, in partnership with parents and students, are modelling relationships based on qualities like trust, respect, fairness, equality and belonging, with the goal of creating inclusive and accepting environments in all B.C. schools.
When schools and communities work together to address the issue of bullying, it can lead to many positive outcomes for young people:
- Increased participation in school/community activities
- Increased feelings of being cared about, accepted and valued
- Growth in positive social skills and increased ability to manage emotions
- Decreased feelings of stress and anxiety
Learn more about resources available to support parents, educators and young people and tips on how to talk about bullying:
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