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Lift each other up! #PinkShirtDay, Feb. 26

February 20, 2020

Take your kindness to new heights; this Pink Shirt Day, and every day! The 2020 Focus (theme) is "Lift each other up" and it is going to be on Wednesday, Feb. 26. With this year's theme, Pink Shirt Day encourages us to look beyond our differences and celebrate the things that make us unique. When we lift each other up, we see past the things that separate us and see instead the things that unite us as people.

#GPPSD schools will run different activities on that day to show their support and stand against bullying. Make sure to check your school's Facebook Page and website for more details.

Save the date and remember to wear something PINK that day! We encourage all of you to wear something pink to symbolize that we as a society, will not tolerate bullying anywhere.

What is 'Bullying'?

Bullying is a form of aggression where there is a power imbalance; the person doing the bullying has power over the person being victimized. In additional to any physical trauma incurred, bullying can result in serious emotional problems, including anxiety, low self-esteem, or depression.

Types of Bullying

  • Physical bullying: using physical force or aggression against another person (e.g., hitting)
  • Verbal bullying: using words to verbally attack someone (e.g., name-calling)
  • Social/relational bullying: trying to hurt someone through excluding them, spreading rumours or ignoring them (e.g., gossiping)
  • Cyberbullying: using electronic media to threaten, embarrass, intimidate, or exclude someone, or to damage their reputation (e.g., sending threatening text messages).

Bullying vs. Harassment

Bullying and harassment are similar, yet different:

  • Harassment is similar to bullying because someone hurts another person through cruel, offensive and insulting behaviours.
  • Harassment is different from bullying in that it is a form of discrimination.

The Bullying Helpline (1-888-456-2323) is available 24 hours, 7 days a week and offers help in more than 170 languages. The Bullying Online Chat can be accessed at alberta.ca/bullying-find-supports. If staff, students or families require help or information regarding bullying or abuse, they can call trained staff at any time of day, or chat online from noon to 8:00 p.m. Online chats and calls to the helpline are anonymous.

#PinkShirtDay #PinkShirtPromise #GPPSDPinkShirtDay #PinkItForward #GPAb #GPEd #AbEd


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