Half of Alberta children and youth have been bullied—survey

November 19, 2013

The Society for Safe and Caring Schools and Communities​​

A turn of the shoulder, a roll of the eyes, a careless text message meant for one person that is forwarded—what may seem minor can have devastating consequences that last a lifetime.

Imagine a world where everyone feels a sense of belonging—where all feel safe, cared for and respected—where bullying is not a normal part of growing up. Reverse the spread of bullying by acknowledging that it is harmful and that there is something each of us can do to promote healthy, respectful relationships.

The Society for Safe and Caring Schools and Communities invites you to “Stand Up!” and recognize National Bullying Awareness Week, November 17–23. Bullying prevention and intervention is about more than just eliminating bullying. Join in, stand up and raise awareness about the effects of bullying and, more important, about how you and others can promote the development of healthy, respectful relationships to prevent bullying from occurring.

Bullying—Did you know?
  • Twenty-five per cent of Albertans view bullying as a normal part of growing up.
  • A 2009 survey of Alberta children and youth found that 50 per cent had been bullied since the start of the school year and 36 per cent admitted to participating in bullying.
  • Bullying in Canada happens every 7.5 minutes on school playgrounds and every 25 minutes in classrooms.
  • Any participation in bullying increases the risk of suicidal ideas in youth.
  • Nonviolent behaviours and healthy relationship skills must be taught, modelled and reinforced consistently by the important adults in a young person’s life.

When we provide opportunities for children and youth to develop a greater sense of connection to their peers, seeds of respect and acceptance grow, leaving little or no room for bullying behaviours to have a foothold. But this change requires all of us to stand up and be involved.

Find out what’s happening across Alberta to recognize National Bullying Awareness Week by visiting http://humanservices.alberta.ca/abuse-bullying/14842.html.

Tools and resources to support inclusive, safe, caring and respectful environments for children and youth are available on the following websites: