Pink Shirt Day: Speak up and stop bullying

Join the Pink Shirt Day movement on Friday 20th May 2022 to stop bullying. Speak Up, Stand Together, Stop Bullying – Kōrero Mai, Kōrero Atu, Mauri Tū, Mauri Ora!

Pink Shirt Day is an anti-bullying campaign that celebrates diversity and creates environments where all people can feel safe, valued and respected. Each year workplaces, schools, organisations and individuals join the movement to make a stand against bullying.

Bullying is a serious issue in New Zealand. Every year, one in 10 workers report they have been bullied at work, and Aotearoa has the third-highest rate of school bullying out of 36 OECD countries. People who identify as part of the rainbow community experience higher rates of bullying, and studies show people who are bullied are more likely to experience mental health issues, such as depression, anxiety and even suicidal thoughts.

Pink Shirt Day; Speak up, stand together, stop bullying.

How you can get involved with Pink Shirt Day

Find out how to join the Pink Shirt movement as an individual or for your school or workplace.

The Pink Shirt Day website has lots of great ideas and ways you can show your support including:

  • posters or email signatures you can download; and
  • resources and merchandise that you can order.

Some facts about bullying

It isn’t uncommon to hear someone say something insensitive or mean to someone else. These comments or actions are not okay, but bullying has some specific features that make it much more serious and harmful.

  • Bullying is deliberate – harming another person intentionally.
  • Bullying involves a misuse of power in a relationship.
  • Bullying is usually not a one-off – it is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated over time.
  • Bullying involves behaviour that can cause harm – it is not a normal part of growing up.

Bullying can be:

  • physical – hitting, tripping up;
  • verbal – insults, threats;
  • social – spreading gossip or excluding people; or
  • cyberbullying – bullying online, via the internet, mobile phones and social media. It’s a common form of bullying, especially amongst young people.

Bullying harms the person being bullied, the person doing the bullying and can also harm those who witness it (bystanders).

We know people are more likely to be bullied if they seem different from their peers in some way. This might include being clever or popular, differences in race, sexuality, gender identity, ethnicity, religion, disabilities and abilities, weight or height.

It’s really important to remind people that it’s okay to be different from others and it’s not okay to bully people because they are not the same as you.

Source: Pink Shirt Day website.

Published on Wednesday, March 30th, 2022, under Uncategorised
Page last updated: 23/05/2022

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