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Online Games & Bullying – Colleen’s Story

I have been playing games online as long as I have had a computer, approximately 20 years.  I have run into bullying online on the games, through the chats that are connected to the games.  It horrifies me to hear people in game chats belittle other players, and I always try to put my words in there about the fact that it is online bullying, no matter who is doing it or what form they are doing it, if it is online and in the public chats it is “Bullying” in the worst forms.  I have been connected online and very personally, with one such person who was being bullied constantly in a specific game I play frequently, and it was making me sick.  I reported the bullying to the developers of the game and it took a very long time, but I see now the people that were bullying the person I have since become friendly with, have been banned from the public chat, or it seems they have as they are no longer “bullying”. It took a long time to get these bullies out of the chat but I appreciate the fact that the developers of the game “saw the light” and how much the bullies were affecting the other people in the game and consequently in the chat.  Peace and quiet is prevailing now in the game chat….I am soooo thankful.  Please let all bullying stop, it is totally unnecessary, and is a horrible way to treat the people we should all...

Bullying can cause scars

In my old school we would have these rules that were created by the gr.7’s and 8’s, the rule was that when little kindergardens and grade 1’s to 6’s to obey whatever the gr 8 and 7’s say.  This happened everyday, and nobody wanted to go outside anymore. Some people like the gr 6,5,4,3,and 2 sometimes would purposly not finish there work and then the teacher would tell them to stay in but…..the kindergardens had to go out and when they went out me and my friends would start to cry and trying running away but it was no use…. the teachers and staff did not know what was going on. No one was brave enough to tell the teacher or the “Big Kids” would torture or hurt us. Me and my friends always try to find somewhere to hide, and when we get home I would tell my mom and my mom wouldnt listen to me!!!!! But my brother would listen to me and would try and stand up but he always would have gotton hurt… so one day I told my teacher and when we went outside she would stand outside the door where no one see her and she would watch us and then go and report them. I was really scared and my mom came to school with me one day and saw what happened and told my dad that we should...

Please voice for your child if they are being bullied

My son was bullied at the first of this school year. It took a lot for my son to open up about it, many days he did not want to go to school etc.. after many emails/talks with my son n his teacher my son finally spit out a name..it ends up it was the principals son. The school board was excellent in not involving the principal as she was the parent thereof. After the kid was talked to, rumour got out it was my son who ratted..  those couple weeks were very tough. Fortunately kids found something else to talk about after a while. I am proud of my son for telling me about it and allowing me to address the issue when not knowing what the outcome would be. As much as this is a paragraph this was over several months, many sleepless nights, much worrying..and feeling like I failed as a parent. Nevertheless we carry on, hold our heads high, and attempt to be strong. Please voice for your child if they are being bullied.. as a parent i believe its our job to address this overwhelming...

Friendship Chairs

Simple yet effective anti-bullying message at Stratford school. Friendship benches are spreading across the...

Clarke RD’s 6th ANNUAL SEA OF PINK DAY

Hello From Clarke Road Secondary School!   This week is a very exciting week at Clarke Road and we invite you to join us on TUESDAY April 8th as we hold our 6th ANNUAL SEA OF PINK DAY. We wanted to extend a warm welcome to anyone who would like to stop by to join us as we STAND UP to bullying and encourage all our students and staff to take time this week to think about and discuss how we can all do our part in standing up against bullying. The Sea of Pink story:   In the fall of 2007, two Nova Scotia students turned the tide against the bullies who picked on a fellow student for wearing pink. The victim, a grade 9 boy, was hounded for wearing a pink polo shirt on his first day of high school. Bullies verbally harassed the boy for wearing pink and threatened to beat him up. Two grade 12 students heard about the bullies’ actions, and decided to take action. They went to a nearby discount store and bought 50 pink shirts to wear the next day. They went online and emailed classmates to get them onboard with their anti-bullying cause: they called it “Sea Of Pink”. An unbelievable amount of support poured in the next day. Dozens of students wore the discount shirts, but hundreds of other students showed up wearing their own pink clothes. When the bullied student walked into school, he saw his fellow students dressed in pink. It was a powerful, supportive moment. When a large of group of people stands up against bullies in...

REWIND Racism, Bullying, Hate

REWIND Racism, Bullying, Hate FAST FORWARD Acceptance, Kindness, LOVE www.harmonyday.ca Celebrating our diverse and harmonious community in the Central Okanagan School District. This video was created by the Harmony Day Committee at SD23 in British Columbia, Canada, to promote mutual respect in a culturally diverse society. WHAT IS HARMONY DAY? Harmony Day recognizes that citizens of the Central Okanagan come from all over the world. Harmony Day provides a yearly opportunity for the community of School District 23 to celebrate our culturally diverse society and commit ourselves to mutual respect. “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” Nelson Mandela WHY IS HARMONY DAY IMPORTANT? Harmony Day helps us: Create sensitivity to and respect for differences Commit to our district values – Respect, Responsibility, Honesty, Empathy and Fairness Celebrate our diverse and harmonious society Say ‘no’ to discrimination Harmony Day allows us to focus on the values which underpin our mission: “To educate students in a safe inspirational learning environment where every student develops the knowledge and skills to be a lifelong learner and a healthy productive member of our global...

Sarah’s Story

When I was 15 someone started a very hurtful rumour about me. This person did not go to the same school as me, but because my town is small the rumour spread very quickly. Within a day everyone at my school was talking about me. No matter how many people I told that it wasn’t true, people wouldn’t stop talking about me. I remember walking through the halls everyday, having to listen to people who I thought were friends, make rude comments and tease me constantly. They would walk behind me and whisper things and laugh, and they would yell things at me down the halls. My life began feeling like torture. I started going to school late everyday so that i wouldn’t have to see anyone in the halls anymore. I stopped hanging out with friends, and spent a lot of time crying and being worried what people were saying about me. People that didn’t even know me were saying terrible things about me, and I was being called very rude names. I never came forward with this story! I should have told a teacher or someone in a position of power at my school, but I was too scared. I didn’t want to make anyone dislike me more. This bullying went on for months, but finally people began forgetting about the rumours, and I stopped caring about what everyone else thought of me. I started being myself and I became a lot stronger. I now stand up for myself when people try to bring me down, and I don’t let it hurt me because the only thing that...

Allura’s Story

Hello my name is Allura Rain Wilson. I am 14 years old,  this is my story about being bullied. When I was in 4 grade I used to get bullied all the time because of my color. Because I was different and my parents were white and I’m brown. I wasn’t adopted. My real dad that I never met left when I was born. We don’t know why. Then we found out he is in prison so that’s when all the bullying started. Later in 5th grade I was still getting bullied. I started cutting again and again. Now later on, about 6&7 grade my cuts are healing and I found out that I was not the only one getting bullied. Then I saw the bully being mean to my friend and I stood up for her. I told the bully to stop now, that she was my friend and the way you are acting like this you got hurt there’s no reason pick on someone else your not alone that’s feeling down. Then the bully said ‘I’m sorry you’re  right’.  Then I’ll make sure that there will not be anymore bully in my school. So that is my story. Remember you’re not alone and stand up to the bully because every time someone gets bullied someone might hurt themselves like I did. From Allura Wilson Stand up for the...

It’s Just Me – Jasmine’s Story

I’m the kind of girl nobody really notices. A few years ago, is when it was really bad. My friends started to turn against me. Calling me fat, spreading rumors. I took my anger out on my family when I didn’t meant to. When I was 9, I was 90 pounds. I went out to my dad’s that summer, and gained a lot of weight I just couldn’t work off. It was my fault, for not working to get it off. Then, I started to become extremely depressed. I listened to screamo music, locked myself in my bedroom and refused to talk. Nobody could make up for the pain that had been given to me. I got called ugly on a daily basis. So, I decided to change. I died my hair, changed my clothes, and lost some of that weight. It’s sad how much people stereotype. Bullying is a real problem and people don’t realize it. It happens all around the world, everyday. Whether it’s a kid getting called ugly or a 15 year old girl killing herself. Bullies just never stop. I’m not very rich either. I barely ever have money for food or to keep my electric on. I have very little clothes, & I feel like a burden sometimes. I even thought about suicide once but, I realized I was put on this earth for a reason. The outcomes of me getting bullied is not being able to get too attached to people, low self-esteem, and having extreme social anxiety. Nobody understands that it hurts until it happens to them. –...

16 & Pregnant – Elizabeth’s Story

I am a newly-wed wife, photographer & mother-to-be. Yes, I am a teen mom, but I’ve never been happier in my life. The things God has blessed me with have overwhelmed me with abundant joy & I wish to share my adventure (post-bulling) with you.   Follow Elizabeth’s story on her YouTube...