The National Bullying Awareness Week starts today, November 17, 2013. The National Bullying Awareness week or NBAW, is an annual campaign in Canada, during the third week of November and aims to raise awareness about bullying among students in Canada while promoting positive relationships and providing youth with real-life solutions to help them deal with bullying behavior. According to a resource NBAW was launched in 2003 by Bullying.org and by the Family Channel.
What is Bullying?
Bullying is defined as a pattern of aggressive behavior meant to hurt or cause discomfort to another person. Bullies always have more power than victims. Their power comes from physical size, strength, status, and support within the peer group.
Are there many ways that a person can be bullied?
According to BullyingCanada.ca, there are many ways that young people bully each other, even if they don’t realize it at the time. Some of these include, punching, shoving and other acts that hurt people physically, spreading bad rumors about people, keeping certain people out of a group, teasing people in a mean way and getting certain people to “gang up” on others.
What can you do?
- First of all, don’t be a bully. Being a bully does not make you any better nor it does not make a better person. You are just being a problem to someone’s life.
- If you see someone who is being bullied in your school or community, try to stop it or if you cannot stop it ask other people for help.
- Spread awareness about bullying by spreading news about what it is and why does it do.
Where can I get more information about Bullying?
There is a lot of websites and organizations out there where you can get more information on how to stop bullying. Below is a list of different websites about bullying.
How can I be involved in stopping bullying?
There are an unlimited ways on how you can be involved in stopping bullying. Just by not being a bully is a good start. If you are the kind of person who really wants to take an initiative on stopping or spreading awareness about bullying you can talk to your teachers in your school, organizations in your community or your peers and talk about what you can do to spread awareness. You can organize a conference in your school or you can have presentations in other schools. As mentioned before there are an unlimited ways to be involved. So what are you waiting for MAKE A MOVE AGAINST BULLYING.
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