Bullying hurts, but there is a lot that can be done about it. Kids Help Phone wants to make it easy for YOU to help, whether you are a young person, a teacher, a coach, a parent, or another supportive adult in kids’ lives.
If you are looking for ways to support Bullying Awareness Week, if you want to learn more or find ways to take action, or if you are affected by bullying and need help – there’s something here for you!
If you are a member of the media looking to contact Kids Help Phone about Bullying Awareness Week, please call Elizabeth Alice Worth at (416) 581-8955 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Donating to Kids Help Phone is a great way to help young people dealing with bullying, ensuring that help and hope is always available 24/7/365.
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Bullying happens every day, and can cause a lot of pain. A child or teen who is bullied may be repeatedly hurt, excluded, picked on, or humiliated – and feel so alone. Witnesses may be affected too, scared and helpless. Kids who bully may be experiencing their own problems, and many kids both bully and are bullied themselves. Unfortunately, about half of the time, kids do not tell an adult when they’ve been bullied.
Did you know?
- A 2011 Kids Help Phone survey asked kids if they had been cyberbullied: 65% said yes.1
- 86% of Canadian teachers feel bullying and violence are serious problems in public schools.2
- Approximately 10% of the contacts that Kids Help Phone receives from young people relate to bullying.3
- In Canada, a child or teen is bullied every seven minutes on the playground.4
- More than 50% of the time, bullying stops when a bystander intervenes.5
- The best way to stop bullying is to prevent it. Working to promote environments based on respect and empathy, and reaching out and being inclusive of others, are great ways to stop bullying from happening in the first place.
If you are a young person in need of support with bullying (whether you are experiencing bullying yourself or as a bystander, or even if you are bullying yourself), check out our Get Help section below. This section also has resources for parents, teachers, and other adults who want to support young people dealing with bullying.
- Knighton, L., Simon, A., Kelly, J., and Kimball, A. (2012), Cyberbullying: Reality check (Kids Help Phone Research Update), 10. Retrieved from http://org.kidshelpphone.ca/media/80712/2012-cir-cyberbullying.pdf
- Taillefer, P. (May 14, 2012). Remarks published in the proceedings from the Canadian Teachers’ Federation presentation to the Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights on Cyberbullying.
- Kids Help Phone (2013).
- Bullying.org Where You Are Not Alone. (n.d.). Bullying Basics. Retrieved from http://www.bullying.org/htm/main.cfm?content=1084
- Craig, W. M. & Pepler, D. (1997). "Observations of Bullying and Victimization in the School Yard". Canadian Journal of School of Psychology, 13(2): 41-60.
Show Your Support
Ensuring that young people have a trusted, 24/7 source of support is a great way to help with bullying. When you donate to Kids Help Phone, you can ensure a professional counsellor is available for every kid, teen, and young adult who contacts us looking for help and hope. Donate now.
Support Kids Help Phone’s supporters
A number of caring companies are joining with Kids Help Phone for Bullying Awareness Week. Here are more ways you can support Kids Help Phone:
Kids Help Phone is proud to work in partnership with the 2014 Maple Leaf Monster Jam Tour, encouraging youth, parents and other caring adults to Shift Gears. Stand Up. Stop Bullying. Look for opportunities to support Kids Help Phone at one of seven Monster Jam shows across Canada, starting in January. For more information about the Maple Leaf Monster Jam Tour, please visit monsterjamcanada.ca.
Mucho Burrito, Canada’s new alternative to Mexican food, wants to encourage families to Grab Bullying by the Horns! Through the month of November, make a $1 donation to Kids Help Phone in-store and receive a coupon for a free Churro with entrée purchase on your next visit. And on November 22, Mucho Burrito will donate $1 to Kids Help Phone from every burrito sold in-store - so you can enjoy Mucho Burrito’s made-to-order gourmet Mexican food, and support Kids Help Phone at the same time! Find a Mucho Burrito location near you.
In this section, you’ll learn how to host a bullying awareness event in support of Kids Help Phone, how to promote Bullying Awareness Week using our online tools, and how to order Kids Help Phone awareness materials. Plus, take a stand by sharing our cyberbullying call to action!
Host an Event
Kids Help Phone is only able to offer its day and night professional counselling to young people thanks to the generous support of many people across Canada who raise funds to support our service. If you’re planning to host an event in support of Kids Help Phone for Bullying Awareness Week, email us today: email@example.com
Kids Help Phone’s youth campaign materials are available to schools and youth-serving agencies across Canada. They are available free of charge and can be ordered online at kidshelpphone.ca/materials thanks to the generous support of our donors. If you would like to make a contribution to support Kids Help Phone in providing materials such as this, please visit our donation page.
Take a Stand Against Cyberbullying
This November, Kids Help Phone is asking everyone in Canada to stand up to cyberbullying! Share this message online any way you like – through social media, your website, blog, or email signature – and ask everyone you know to do the same:
This Bullying Awareness Week, take a stand against cyberbullying. Pause before your post. Report hurtful comments. Promote respect. #BAW13
Online Tools – Get social!
Change your profile pictures, headers, and backgrounds with these Bullying Awareness Week templates from Kids Help Phone:
Click on an image to automatically download it.
Show that you support Bullying Awareness Week by sharing these graphics, and encourage others to do the same.
We’ll also be sharing tips, statistics, and news stories related to bullying, so be sure to share, like, and retweet us often during Bullying Awareness Week.
You can also check out our YouTube channel and share our videos with your friends, family, or school.
Need help now?
If you are a young person and need help with questions about bullying, big or small, contact a Kids Help Phone professional counsellor today at www.kidshelpphone.ca or 1-800-668-6868. We’re free, anonymous, and confidential, and always there, 24/7.
At kidshelpphone.ca, kids and teens can find instant access to expert-vetted information, tips, and tools about bullying and cyberbullying. Parents, educators, and other caring adults can also benefit from getting to know these resources. Why not sit down with the young people in your life and visit them together?
Here are some highlights to check out:
- The Bullying Info Booth for teens and for kids 8 to 11 has information for young people who have been bullied, have witnessed bullying or have engaged in bullying themselves.
- The Cyberbullying Info Booth for teens helps you learn more about cyberbullying, what to do if it happens to you, how to stop doing it, and what to do if you are a bystander. It also contains videos to teach you how to protect your privacy on Facebook.
- How to Block Cyberbullies explains how to block unwanted messages online.
- Feeling Forensics for young people ages 8 to 11 helps kids practice identifying emotions, a building block in developing empathy for others.
- The Safety Planner was built with bullied youth in mind who are not yet ready to reach out for help.
- Check out our new bullying and cyberbullying tipsheets for kids, teens and adults. These sharable, printable tip sheets are valuable resources for anyone looking for practical assistance in dealing with bullying.
- Did you know Kids Help Phone has an app? Always There connects young people to counselling and resources at the touch of a button. Updated in time for Bullying Awareness Week with bullying-related content in the Info Booth, Always There is one of the many ways Kids Help Phone is supporting young people when and how they need it most. Download it here.
- The I Want to Stop Bullying workbook is a great exercise for young people who bully and want to find ways to improve their relationships with other young people.
- TVOKids (Ontario) Bullying Awareness Week special episode: On Monday, November 18, Ontario residents can tune into TVOKids when they premier their new series It Matters, as well as a new music video, “S.T.O.P. a Bully.” Visit http://www.tvokids.com/shows/tvokidshelpzone to learn more.
Facebook develops new bullying resource
Kids Help Phone, together with more than 25 other organizations, has partnered with Facebook to provide input into its new Bullying Resource Centre. Developed with the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, this online hub features valuable tips, tools, and information for parents, educators and teens, and a dedicated online community where parents can discuss bullying. Check it out!
Check out these key events that Kids Help Phone is participating in for Bullying Awareness week. Our activities include:
- November 8: The International Stop Cyberbullying Youth Summit in Charlottetown, PEI. Run by youth leaders, with invited experts, policymakers, and industry (such as Microsoft, Google, and Facebook) attending, the UN-style summit aims to create an action plan to address cyberbullying. Alisa Simon, Kids Help Phone’s VP of Counselling Services and Programs, will be facilitating a breakout session. For more information or to register as a youth or adult participant, visit http://youthsummit.stopcyberbullying.org/.
- On November 20, Jeunesse, J'écoute is holding a celebration and launch event (for Live Chat, the Toujours á l’écoute app, and Proof Positive highlights) at our Quebec regional office for our donors, corporate partners and supporters and media. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Also on November 20, Kids Help Phone will be participating in the Define the Line cyberbullying conference at McGill University, led by our board member Dr. Shaheen Shariff. Kids Help Phone’s Director of French Language Services, Alain Johnson, and President and CEO Sharon Wood will also be speaking at the event.
Kids Help Phone doesn’t just work hard to help young people and adults to deal with bullying. We also strive to effect change on a societal level, ensuring that young people’s voices and needs are taken into consideration in public policies and debate on issues relating to bullying and cyberbullying.
Here are some recent examples, where you can learn more about our work on these issues:
- Our 2012 Impact Report, Caring for the Future, summarizes how we are working on behalf of kids on the national and global stage. The Advocate section summarizes Kids Help Phone’s recent thought leadership on cyberbullying.
- Cyberbullying: Reality Check, is our 2012 critical issues report that shares young people’s experiences with cyberbullying and offers recommendations on what adults can do to support them as they navigate an increasingly technologically mediated social reality.
- Read our Factum of the Intervener, Kids Help Phone’s written submission in a landmark 2012 cyberbullying case before the Supreme Court.
- In 2012, we also made a submission to the Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights’ on Cyberbullying in Canada and a submission to the Government of Ontario’s Standing Committee on Social Policy regarding Bills 13 and 14 (which became the Accepting Schools Act).
With thanks to The Ontario Ministry of Education and all of our other donors for their generous support of Kids Help Phone’s work. Together we are making an important difference supporting young people across Canada affected by bullying and cyberbullying.