Wednesday, November 16, 2016

City recognizes Bullying Awareness Week and National Child Day

This week (November 13 to 19) is Bullying Awareness Week in Canada. The City of Calgary is helping Calgary’s youth tackle this problem by partnering with the Dare to Care Bullying Prevention program and local schools and teachers to educate children on prevention.
Bullying is a form of youth violence that can have lasting impacts on young people and lead to
serious mental health issues that can last throughout a person’s life. Despite the seriousness of this issue, it is estimated that only four per cent of students who experience bullying report it to their teachers, parents or other adults. Supporting youth through skills-based programs is an effective way to help young people, both victims and bystanders, do the right thing by reporting bullying and knowing how to act when it happens

Six tips to help prevent bullying

Kids, parents and teachers all play a role in preventing bullying. Here are six tips from the Dare to Care Bullying Prevention program for dealing with bullying. 
  • Try and look calm and confident, even though it can be difficult. Some bullies are trying to get you to look upset and you can take away their fun by refusing to give them what they want.
  • Think about when the bullying happens. If possible, avoid that place or person, and try and get support from friends so you aren’t on your own.
  • Write down the name of the people involved in the bullying behaviour, what they are doing and when it happens. Remember, if the mean-spirited behavior only happens once or twice it is conflict. If it happens for a week or longer, it is bullying. Knowing the difference between conflict and bullying is important.
  •  Keep talking and get support from your teacher, youth worker, friends and family. It’s a myth that telling will only make it worse. In reality, bullying can be stopped if adults and peers get involved.
  • Avoid cyberbullying by challenging yourself with these three questions:
    • Could I show the picture or words to the persons face?
    • Would I be O.K. if someone sent that picture or those words to me?
    • Could I show it to everyone in the school, and to my parents and grandparents
  • If the answer to any of these questions is “no,” then delete and walk away. Do not send!
  • If you are hurt or your belongings are damaged, keep evidence to show an adult.

National Child Day wraps up Bullying Awareness Week

On Sunday, Nov. 20, The City is also celebrating National Child Day, and this year’s theme, ‘It’s Our Right to Belong,’ is a perfect way to wrap up Bullying Awareness Week. We’re celebrating with the Winterfest event at Ralph Klein Park. Here are some examples of the great free activities and entertainment for the whole family from 1-3 p.m.:
  • Get creative in our crafts room
  • Join a guided park tour
  • Test out your birdwatching skills
  • Make some memories in the Belonging Photobooth and find out more about bullying prevention
  • Join firefighters to learn about fire safety
Looking for activities close to your community? We are offering free public swims on National Child Day for children and youth under 18 at our fitness and leisure facilities at select times across Calgary.

The City also supports everyone’s right to belong in Calgary communities through Fair Entry – programs and services for low income Calgarians . Here children and adults who qualify will find a one-stop service to receive special pricing on everything from bus passes, to recreation and other City programs and services.

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