Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week is from November 18 to 24 and the Prescott-Russell Coalition in Action to Prevent and Stop Bullying wants to raise community awareness about this social problem and find solutions to put an end to it.
The Government of Canada reports that one out 0f five young adults aged 15 to 29 is a victim of bullying. Physical or psychological bullying, as well as cyberbullying or cyberstalking, can have serious effects on a person’s physical and mental health.
YES to an inclusive and accepting community!
During Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week, the coalition reminds citizens to take positive action and to celebrate diversity in order to promote respect and tolerance in Prescott-Russell.
Do you know what to do if you are a victim or a witness of bullying?
Dare to report. If you are being bullied, it is important to tell someone you trust. This person can help you find solutions. Do not deal with the problem alone.
If you are a victim of cyberbullying, do not respond to the messages and block the person who is bullying you. Save all the messages and show them to a trusted person who can help you.
If you witness a situation, step in to help the victim or talk to someone you trust. Bystanders who do not speak up encourage the bad behaviour.
Interesting resources are available for children, parents and professionals on the Coalition’s website at https://prunitedagainstbullying.ca. For additional support, call 1 800 675.6168.