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!
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
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.
IS THE USE OF THE INTERNET & RELATED TECHNOLOGIES TO HARM OTHER PEOPLE, IN A DELIBERATE, REPEATED & HOSTILE MANNER.
FOUR STEPS TO STOP CYBERBULLYING
To The Bystander:
IF YOU STAND BY AND DO NOTHING YOU ARE PART OF THE PROBLEM. CHOOSE TO BE PART OF THE SOLUTION.
YOU CAN PLAY A ROLE AS:
MAKE YOUR CHOICE
Each person who witnesses bullying has the choice whether to:
You Can Be The Difference!
To The Schools:
BULLYING CAN HAPPEN ANYWHERE. IS YOUR SCHOOL PREPARED?
DOES YOUR SCHOOL PROMOTE RESPECTFUL BEHAVIOUR?
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!
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 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 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 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 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 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! 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 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 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 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