Anyone who's ever been the victim of bullying will tell you how traumatic it is. Regardless of your age, I'll bet that you can still remember the name of your bully or bullies. Think back to your school days and remember the relief of finally getting home to safety and sanctuary of your house. No child should ever have to live like this. Unfortunately, countless students go through this daily.

We at AAB feel that it is important that we educate our students about bullying—that we teach them that being bullied is not just an unpleasant right of passage through childhood—and that bullying is completely unacceptable. The Athletes Against Bullying Alliance is a team of current and former elite athletes who use our athletic influence and positive role modeling to create a more positive world through active engagement with today's Student-Athletes. We do our part, we need YOU to do yours. 

 If you or someone you know is being bullied, please follow the appropriate steps and guidelines to address the issue. As much as we would like to, unfortunately AAB cannot be at everywhere, everyday. It is up to influential youth, leaders and staff at each school and community to do their part to ensure that matters are dealt with consistently, fair and in a way to ensure their school and community is safe and inclusive for everyone. 

 

YOU ARE NOT ALONE, ASK 4 HELP!

Talk about it with someone you trust and try to find a healthy way to change what is happening or how you react to it.

Call a help line – reaching out to a counsellor in an anonymous way can help make talking about it easier.

Need Help Right Now? Call to Speak to a Counsellor. KidsHelpPhone 1-800-668-6868 

 Below is some great information from the Canadian Red Cross Bullying & Harrassment Prevention Programs


To The Person Being Targeted By Bullying:

YOU DESERVE RESPECT! YOU DO NOT DESERVE TO BE BULLIED!

FACTS

  • Bullying is not a normal part of growing up.
  • You have a right to be treated with respect and feel safe.
  • Being bullied is NOT YOUR FAULT. There is nothing wrong with you. No one deserves to be bullied.

Take a stand. If you are being targeted keep your cool and walk away. Using insults or fighting back might make the problem worse.

Don’t join in the bullying by putting yourself down. Stay focused on things that make you feel confident and proud of
yourself.

Get support. Hang out with friends that will support you , and work together to speak out against bullying and harassment.

Think about the qualities you want in a friend and try to have those qualities yourself. Know that people who treat you poorly, exclude you or spread rumours about you are not good friends.

Don’t cast yourself as a “victim” for life. This person or people have singled you out in this situation but that doesn’t mean it will always be that way.

Cope with strong feelings of sadness or anger in a healthy way through sports, music, reading, journaling, or talking it out. 

Cyber Bullying:

 IS THE USE OF THE INTERNET & RELATED TECHNOLOGIES TO HARM OTHER PEOPLE, IN A DELIBERATE, REPEATED & HOSTILE MANNER. 

FACTS

  • 2/3 of youth have faced bullying over their cell phones or online.
  • Three out of ten bullied students reported missing school at least once during the year because of cyberbullying. 
  • IS THE USE OF THE INTERNET & RELATED TECHNOLOGIES TO HARM OTHER PEOPLE, IN A DELIBERATE, REPEATED & HOSTILE MANNER. 

FOUR STEPS TO STOP CYBERBULLYING

  1. STOP: Don’t try to reason with or talk to someone who is cyber bullying you.
  2. BLOCK: Use the block sender technology to prevent the person from contacting you again.
  3. TALK: Tell a trusted adult, inform your school, use a help line and/or report it to police.
  4. SAVE: Save any instant messages or emails you receive from the person bullying you, or capture any comments or images that have been posted online. 

CYBERBULLYING TIPS

  • Familiarize yourself with online activities. Learn about the websites, blogs, chat rooms and cyber lingo that your children are using.
  • Keep the computer in a common area so you can monitor activities.
  • Recognize that online communication is a very important social aspect in your child’s life. Do not automatically remove their online privileges if you find out about a cyber bullying experience.
  • Report incidents of online harassment, physical threats and bullying that occur over your child’s cell phone to your local police. 

To The Bystander:

IF YOU STAND BY AND DO NOTHING YOU ARE PART OF THE PROBLEM. CHOOSE TO BE PART OF THE SOLUTION. 

FACTS

  • When youth stand up and speak out against bullying they are successful in stopping the bullying behaviour 57% of the time in about 10 seconds!
  • Youth who laugh, agree, or cheer only encourage the behaviour. Refuse to go along with bullying or harassment— Instead, take the side of the youth who is being bullied. 

YOU CAN PLAY A ROLE AS:

  • An Instigator (egg on or start the bullying)
  • A Model (demonstrating good behaviours for others)
  • A Participant (joining in the bullying)
  • An Observer (creating an audience for the bully)

MAKE YOUR CHOICE

Each person who witnesses bullying has the choice whether to:

  • Do nothing and let it happen
  • Report bullying incidents
  • Do something to stop or distract the person doing the bullying
  • Do something to help or support the person being targeted

You Can Be The Difference!

 

To The Schools:

BULLYING CAN HAPPEN ANYWHERE. IS YOUR SCHOOL PREPARED? 

FACTS

  • Education is the key to making bullying a behaviour of the past.
  • Youth-led bullying prevention programs are associated with an increase in student and staff intervention to stop bullying. 

DOES YOUR SCHOOL PROMOTE RESPECTFUL BEHAVIOUR?

  • Are there clear, consistent and fair behavioural norms for the students?
  • How do you address the issue of children and youth who are bystanders?
  • Is there an anonymous way for children and youth who witness bullying to report incidents? 
  • Do you have clear policies and guidelines outlined to help adults intervene effectively with incidents of disrespectful behaviour (bullying and harassment)?
  • Have you provided staff with training that includes specific information on supporting sexual minority, disabled, or ethnically diverse youth?
  • Are you talking about issues of bullying and harassment in classes, seminars, and assemblies and providing easily accessible, age-appropriate information? 

To The Parents:

BULLYING IS NOT A SCHOOL PROBLEM. IT IS A COMMUNITY PROBLEM THAT ENTERS THE SCHOOL. 

Bullying is not a normal part of growing up!

  • Build self-esteem. Value your child’s contributions and achievements. If they are socially isolated at school, get them involved in community activities.
  • Teach your children that if they see someone being bullied, they should not watch, laugh or join in.
  • Help kids see the value of offering empathy and support to those who are bullied.
  • Work with your school to educate others about the problem of bullying.
  • Model respectful behaviours at home and in your daily interactions. 

 

Get Trained:

Beyond the Hurt

Canadian Red Cross offers the Beyond the Hurt online course for adults to teach them about bullying and how they can help prevent and respond to various situations. Register Now

Respect in School

Respect in School was developed to provide teachers, administrators, school bus drivers, custodians, parent volunteers and any other individuals who interact with students in a leadership role with the information they require to understand and respond to incidents of bullying, abuse, harassment and neglect. Respect in school is a fully outsourced on-line solution available to any school, school board or organization interested in protecting the interests of it’s students, personnel and the organization as a whole. Register Now.

Respect in the Workplace

Respect in the Workplace was developed to provide companies, of all sizes, in any industry, with a standard tool for allemployees to combat discrimination, harassment and workplace bullying directly. RiW is an on-line educational program which empowers all employees to understand the effects of discrimination, harassment and workplace bullying. They teach you how to recognize these harmful behaviours and what to do about them, whether you are the victim, aggressor, witness or bystander. RiW is a fully outsourced solution available to any company interested in protecting the interests of the corporation and each and every one of its employees. Register Now.

Respect in Sport

Respect in Sport for Activity Leaders offers a highly engaging and easy to use internet-based training course for sport leaders of all levels; (recreational, competitive and elite). The intent of this required training is to (1) empower and educate youth leaders/coaches on the prevention of abuse, bullying and harassment (2) build a holistic culture of respect within the sport community and (3) provide fundamental training tools which enable ALL coaches and youth leaders to become even better role models for the young athletes in their care. Learn more

Prevention in Motion

Prevention in Motion is a Canadian Red Cross online course for adults who want to learn about how to prevent the physical, sexual and emotional abuse and neglect of children and youth. Register Now

Healthy Youth Relationships

Healthy Youth Relationships is an online course for adults who are interested to learn how to help create positive relationships between young people and between youth and adults Register Now

 

Get programs in your schools

Be Safe!

Be Safe! is a personal safety program developed by the Canadian Red Cross for children aged five to nine, which focuses on the prevention of child sexual abuse. It is designed for educators to use in the classroom; it includes guidelines for educators and accompanying learning resources for children. As well, each kit includes complimentary registration to online training. Register Now

Beyond the Hurt

Beyond the Hurt is a Canadian Red Cross works with schools and youth organizations to train youth facilitators to offer Beyond the Hurt bullying prevention workshops for youth. Learn more

Healthy Youth Relationships

Healthy Youth Relationships is a workshop to help young people understand and develop positive relationships with others and how to avoid unhealthy ones. Learn more

 

Get good governance and compliance

Ten Steps to Creating Safe Environments

Ten Steps to Creating Safe Environments is offered by the Canadian Red Cross as a workshop, consultation process and as an online course. This program is helpful to anyone responsible for ensuring environments free of violence and abuse for the people that they are responsible for - at schools, in organizations, in institutions and in workplaces.Register now

 

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