Did your office, school, community group or friends raise money for Pink Shirt Day this year?

Firstly, THANK YOU!! Your donations will go towards anti-bullying programs.

generic pharmacy cialis You can donate online for an automatic tax receipt here OR send in your cheque to:

Pink Shirt Day c/o
CKNW Orphans’ Fund
2000-700 West Georgia Street
Vancouver, BC V7Y 1K9

Remember, every small donation helps. Thank you for your support in making some noise against bullying.

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Travis Price’s anti-bullying movement started in his Nova Scotia high school when he heard a grade 9 student was being bullied because he wore a pink shirt day to school. The next day he brought 75 pink tank tops for all his friends to wear and the movement has grown ever since.

CKNW Orphans’ Fund has raised over $650,000 since 2008 for anti-bullying programs around the province and on Wednesday February 26th, 2014 Travis and Jen are encouraging everyone to stand up against bullying by wearing PINK.

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Thanks to The Flower Factory! Tue, 18 Feb 2014 23:08:48 +0000 buy viagra on line The Flower Factory, located on Main St, has been an avid supporter of anti bullying programs for many years. This year, they will once again be graciously donating all the floral centerpieces for the 3rd annual Pink Shirt Day Ladies Luncheon, an event put on by the viagra online pharmacy CKNW Orphans’ Fund to kick-off Pink Shirt  Anti-Bullying Day.

We can’t wait to see these beautiful pieces blossom at the heart and centre of each table at the samples of generic viagra Blue Water Café on Friday, February 21st.  A huge thank you to The Flower Factory for their enormous contribution to the event. Stay tuned for photos!

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Top 5 Pink Shirt Day Fundraisers Thu, 13 Feb 2014 00:03:46 +0000 Show your support for Pink Shirt Day! Many fantastic companies have offered their support to the Pink Shirt Day campaign by holding creative promotions throughout the month of February. Never has eating a cupcake or buying glasses been so philanthropic, and never has it been SO easy to show your support for anti-bullying programs in BC. Here’s a list of awesome Pink Shirt Day fundraisers happening in a city near you – check them out!



1) Take Five Café: From now until February 26th, purchase viagra online Take Five Café will have pink cupcakes in all their locations. Part proceeds from sales of these delicious cupcakes will be donated to Pink Shirt Day!



2) Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory: From now until February 26th, levitra on line sale Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory will have their amazing pink apples in stores. Part proceeds from sales of these tasty apples go to the Pink Shirt Day campaign!


3) Cartems Donuterie: In the weeks leading up to Pink Shirt Day, cialis tadalafil 10mg Cartems Donuterie will be selling delicious pink donuts (pink lemonade flavoured!). Part proceeds from sales of these delicious donuts are to be donated to Pink Shirt Day.


4) Metropolis at Metrotown: From now until Pink Shirt Day, Metropolis at Metrotown is holding a Facebook contest, and will donate $1 for each contest entry received to the Pink Shirt Day campaign! Check it out levitra générique pharmacie en ligne here.



5) Clearly Contacts: On Wednesday, February 26th, vente de viagra generique Clearly Contacts will donate $5 from the sale of each pair of glasses purchased on Pink Shirt Day.




Thanks for supporting our 7th annual #pinkshirtday!

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Pink Cupcakes now available at Take Five Café! Wed, 05 Feb 2014 23:20:14 +0000 For the fifth consecutive year, cheapest Adobe Acrobat 9 Pro Extended serial Take Five Café is pleased to support Pink Shirt Day through the sale of their delicious pink cupcakes!

For the entire month of February, the official pink cupcakes will be on sale at all microsoft office 2007 enterprise blue edition sp1 español gratis Take Five Café locations with proceeds donated to the CKNW Orphans’ Fund in support of Pink Shirt Day and anti-bullying programs across British Columbia. Enjoy a decadent chocolate cupcake with classic pink cream cheese frosting, made fresh daily at their East Vancouver central kitchen.

So if you need a sweet treat or your office is catering lunch, add a pink cupcake! Don’t forget they deliver as well. Contact their Catering Department to arrange deliveries or order online starting February 1st.

We’re also pleased to report the entire Take 5 Café team will be wearing official #pinkshirtday t-shirts on February 26th 2014! Huge thanks to Take 5 Café for their ongoing support! Bon appetite.

Be sure to tag your pink cupcake photos with #pinkshirtday!

Twitter: @TakeFiveCafe

Instagram: @TakeFiveCafe

Photo credit to Miss 604

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Personal Bullying Stories, Part 2 Tue, 04 Feb 2014 01:48:08 +0000  

Thanks to all who have shared their personal bullying stories with us. We’re grateful for your contributions and hope that your sharing makes a difference in the lives of others. 

Joanne, Age 43

“Pink Shirt Day is a day that I will always promote, and I am so glad that over the last few years bullying has been brought to light so that we can do something about it. I am 43 years old but have next to nothing for happy memories from school. My memories consist of being taunted and teased, called every name in the book because I was overweight…I wasn’t like everyone else. I had no groups to hang out with, no boyfriends that I could be proud of to hold hands with, It was just me. I would walk the halls at school to get to my next class, or go to the bathroom only to be called names again or hear ” did you feel that earthquake?” as I walked by the bullies hearing their laughter behind me. My bullying went on all through elementary school, to junior high and even to senior high. Even my own neighbourhood wasn’t safe from the name-calling. At school it was mainly the same 2 guys, but when those guys were in their groups it got worse.

So what do I remember from my school years? Crying…a lot. Lunch hours, recess, were spent mostly hiding in empty classrooms or corners of the library where no one could find me to hurt me. Years later, one of those guys found me and messaged me through Facebook and apologized. He said he knew what they did all those years was wrong and that he was sorry. Just knowing that he acknowledged what they did to me all those years, surprised me. I was grateful for the apology but even though I can forgive him for what they did, those memories, those scars will remain with me the rest of my life. Bullying has to stop, I don’t want to see kids growing up into adults with the same memories of school that I do. Just because someone is different, doesn’t mean they don’t have feelings, like they don’t feel hurt like everybody else…let’s end bullying once and for all.”


“When I was a kid my only friends were boys, I wasn’t the typical little girl who liked to play doll or things like that. Many laughed at me because of it, saying I wasn’t a “real girl” that I had to be a boy, that my parents were wrong about my identity. But I had friends who liked me so I didn’t pay attention what they were saying about me. All that changed when I was 10. I don’t really know what happened, but even boys didn’t want to be near me. I spent the whole year alone. They weren’t really laughing at me, they were just avoiding me, staying away from me. It wasn’t a good year for me, I also have had to face personal problems, I did it on my own.

We all changed school the next year and I found some new friends but somehow people found something else about me. They were always asking me questions like “Why don’t you have a dad?”, “Did he left because you did something?”, “What did you do to him?”,” He didn’t love you enough to stay”, “You didn’t love him so he left”, “You made him leave and now you’re sad because you don’t have a dad like us”. It wasn’t just painful. At that time I thought it was true. I didn’t deal with it or run to a teacher, I did like always, just kept things inside and ignore everyone.

Thankfully it all stopped when I entered in high school, I suppose people were mature enough to understand me a bit or to realize they were wrong. I still had a few people laughing at me but I also had great friends who defended me, they were good to me.

I regret one thing though, maybe if I had talked about it earlier I wouldn’t have had to face bullies for so long. Maybe if I hadn’t been so ashamed, maybe if I had talked someone would have done something and the bullies would have stopped and I would have been the last one, I know I wasn’t the only one but I guess they were too afraid to talk. Don’t be afraid to talk about it, we can’t fix everything by ourselves.”

To submit your own personal bullying story, click here. 


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Join us for a Hootsuite Hootup on Cyberbullying! Mon, 03 Feb 2014 23:06:56 +0000 Cyberbullying and Youth: What are we really talking about?

With unprecedented access to technology, young people today are carrying the internet in their pockets and communicating with their peers more than ever before. But what happens when their behaviour turns negative and schoolyard bullying moves online? Educators report that cyberbullying is as big an issue as smoking and drugs among youth today. Anonymity and peer pressure can fuel negative online behaviour with severe and often tragic consequences. But where does this behaviour start? What are the various forms and consequences of cyberbullying? Most importantly, what are we supposed to do about it?

Join YWCA Metro Vancouver and Hootsuite for an interactive panel discussion with a group of experts, who will answer these questions. In honour of Pink Shirt Day, we will explore themes surrounding cyberbullying and discuss solutions for parents, teachers, youth workers and peers to help mitigate the harmful impacts cyberbullying has on youth today.

When & Where

Thursday, February 20, 2014 from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM (PST)

HootSuite Media, Inc. (@Hootsuite @Hootup)

5 East 8th Avenue, Vancouver, BC V5T 1R6


Janet Austin, CEO YWCA Metro Vancouver (@YWCAVAN)


Sioned Dyer, Mentorship Coordinator, Youth Facilitator. YWCA Metro Vancouver

Jesse Miller, Founder, Mediated Reality

Sgt. Mathias Van Laer, E Division RCMP Integrated Child Exploitation


5:30 – 6:00: Registration

6:00 – 6:30: Mingling / networking / refreshments

6:30 – 7:30: Panel Discussion and Q&A

7:30 : Wrap up

To register now, CLICK HERE.

We hope to see you there for this important conversation! #pinkshirtday

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Resources for Elementary and Middle Schools from the BCTF Sun, 02 Feb 2014 19:52:24 +0000 Resources for Elementary and Middle Schools from the BCTFOur friends at the BC Teachers’ Federation (BCTF) have created two excellent anti-bullying / diversity guides for students in elementary and secondary schools.

No matter what subject you are taking or class you are in these guides provide solid ideas and actions for teaching about homophobia and transphobia.

Download the PDF versions of the guides: Elementary School Guide / Secondary School Guide.

Let us know how you are using these guides at your school!


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London Drugs Now Selling Our 2014 Pink Shirts Fri, 31 Jan 2014 13:47:13 +0000 London Drugs Now Selling Our Pink ShirtsStarting today, January 31st, and running until in store supplies last, all 77 London Drugs locations in Western Canada will be selling our Pink Shirt Day shirts!

These are the same shirts we sell online but you can save the shipping / postage fees so you can proudly wear on Pink Shirt Day – Wednesday, February 26th.

London Drugs has been a great partner over the years and they continue to support Pink Shirt Day…and we cannot be happier to have them aboard!

The shirts come in a variety of youth and adult sizes, sell for $9.80 and all proceeds go to support anti-bullying programs.

NOTE: Online orders placed after February 21st will NOT arrive before Pink Shirt Day on February 26th – so order early!

For a complete list of London Drugs locations CLICK HERE.

2014 Shirts Now Available at London Drugs

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Personal Bullying Stories, Part 1 Wed, 29 Jan 2014 22:25:30 +0000 Many thanks to Lois and Allen who have shared their personal bullying stories with us. We’re grateful for your contributions and hope that your sharing makes a difference in the lives of those dealing with bullying right now.

Lois, age 27

“I’ve sat down to write this many times over the past few weeks. I might get a sentence or two into the computer and then I give up. How do I put into words the way that a handful of people 15-20 years ago shaped my life?

I used to believe that the only definition of a bully was someone who beat you up on the playground for your lunch money. When I was in elementary school that was the common understanding: Bullies were boys who physically attacked weaker boys. And with that as my only definition, it took me a long time to put a name to my experience. But bullies come in all shapes and sizes, and their torment is not limited to physical attacks.

My bullies were my friends. And my worst bullies were my best friends. I was not popular in those awkward middle school years, but I had friends.

The phone rings. It’s for me. But it isn’t a friend on the other end of the phone. It’s a local hairdresser asking why I didn’t come to my appointment: my appointment that I didn’t make. The phone rings again and again and again. And finally one of the salons has an early version of caller ID. The woman reads a number back to me and I know immediately who placed the calls to book the dozens of appointments in my name. I have that phone number memorized because she’s one of my friends.

I had friends to sit with at lunchtime, but there were rules. I had to sit a certain distance away and at least once ended up with chocolate milk dumped on my head.

I met my friend at her locker after school one day, but she wasn’t there. Instead I was greeted by more than 20 girls threatening to gang beat me for talking to my friend’s boyfriend. Of course, they couldn’t take action without her present so things dissipated.

But most of my bullying wasn’t overt. It was a gesture, a sound, a word whispered in the hall, or a look passed behind a teacher’s back.  It was based on silence rather than name-calling. It was freezing a person out of her own life.

I tried to speak up, but my experience didn’t match the definition of bullying my teachers had been taught and so no one called it bullying. No one was called to account for his or her behaviour. It was on my shoulders to leave my school and start over.

It’s been 15-20 years since this all happened, and I am so grateful for Pink Shirt Day and other movements that have redefined bullying and educated teachers on how to respond to it. My teachers didn’t know how to help me, despite their best intentions. Now there are so many more resources so that my experience doesn’t have to be repeated.

Years go by. Things get better. But the scars remain.”

Allen, age 22

“I spent years of my life as a victim of bullying, from when I was nine years old until I was seventeen. During those years, I was in the closet as a trans man, and it impacted my entire life. The way other people treated me made me live in a paralyzing fear of coming out- they treated me badly enough when I wasn’t even out yet- but galvanized my need to become who I am now, rather than live trapped in a constant cycle of torment.

Here’s the thing about my bullying. It was never the same kids twice. For those eight years, it was always a new person or group of people every school year. It was girls and guys alike, and I’d never know which class or what time of day they’d show up. I was constantly verbally harassed, though, and physically injured under the “safe” cover of gym class (which was miserable enough thanks to my condition).

I can’t say what ended the bullying. Maybe nobody was willing to pick a fight with a high school senior, or all the bullies had grown out of it. Maybe coming out to my personal friends gave me the confidence I needed to not be an easy target. But I’d never want to suffer through that again, and nobody else should.”

To share your personal bullying story, click here.


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Celebrate Family Day with the Vancouver Giants and support Pink Shirt Day at the Same Time! Tue, 28 Jan 2014 23:13:41 +0000 Vancouver Giants

On Monday, February 10th (Family Day in BC), the Vancouver Giants will take on the Victoria Royals at 2pm.
Stick around for post-game fun including player autographs, interactive games & more!

Tickets in the Red Price category are $18 (GST included, service charges apply) and $5 from every ticket sold with that code will go to Pink Shirt Day. Use promo code ‘PINK’ when purchasing tickets. You can order your tickets online by CLICKING HERE.

Net proceeds to benefit anti-bullying programs in BC.

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Who are we raising money for? Sat, 25 Jan 2014 00:38:47 +0000 Our 7th annual Pink Shirt Anti-Bullying Day is fast approaching! To date, CKNW Orphans’ Fund has raised more than $650,000 for anti-bullying programs in British Columbia. The goal this year is to raise $300,000! But where will this money go?

The proceeds of Pink Shirt Day, including donations and proceeds from official t-shirt and button sales, will benefit the following 10 organizations who have been approved for funding anti-bullying programs in BC.

Boys and Girls Clubs of South Coast BC

We are proud to support the anti-bullying programs they host at their 12 neighbourhood-based clubs in the Lower Mainland. Each of the 1,000 children who come to BGC each day is supported in developing the resiliency against bullying in all its forms, and in developing the skills to be active participants in bullying prevention.

Big Sisters of BC Lower mainland

We are happy to support their “Go Girls! Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds” program. The program focuses on physical activity, balanced eating, and self-esteem, and its goal is to positively shape the lives of young women by helping them build a positive self-image.

Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver

We are proud to support their in-school mentoring program, where volunteers spend one hour a week playing games and sports, doing arts and crafts, baking, talking, or hanging out on the playground with a boy or girl at a nearby elementary school.

The Canadian Red Cross of BC

We are thrilled to support their RespectED violence and abuse prevention program, which addresses violence against children, relationship violence, bullying and harassment, and helps organizations create safe environments for children in their care.

The Crisis Centre

We are proud to support their building capacity program, an on-line crisis chat service, where individuals can chat 1-on-1 with a trained volunteer from the Crisis Centre.

Kids Help Phone

We are pleased to provide funds for their anonymous and confidential professional counselling services for children and youth at risk all across Canada.

Kidsafe Project Society

We are proud to support their Young Leaders program, which teaches youth, who are navigating adolescence in uncertain circumstances, pre-employment skills. It also provides first aid, babysitting and Food Safe courses, resume writing and interviewing skills, sports and out-trips, and involvement in community service.

Leave out Violence Society (LOVE BC)

We are pleased to support the anti-bullying work they do through leadership and violence prevention committees. They hold workshops that address the root causes of bullying and actively work to support youth in building respect for each other.

Vancouver Opera Association

We are supporting their newly-commissioned production of “Stickboy”, a chamber opera for young audiences about the bullying cycle. Spoken word poet Shane Koyczan is penning the libretto for the opera based on his own experiences with bullying. It will open at the Vancouver Playhouse in October 2014.

YMCA of Greater Vancouver

We are proud to support their alternative suspension program. This program is an opportunity for suspended students to turn their time away from school into a positive experience. Students have time to get caught up on school work, as well as time to attend workshops to get to the root of the students’ difficulties.

We hope you’ll help us raise funds for these very worthwhile organizations. Let’s make #pinkshirtday 2014 the biggest and best yet!

Click here to donate. 

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Share Your Personal Story About Bullying Tue, 21 Jan 2014 19:44:01 +0000 We know bullying can happen anywhere. Whether in schools, workplaces, neighbourhoods or online, many people have personal stories about how they have dealt with the challenges bullying can present. In an effort to make some noise and create a greater conversation about bullying, we are inviting you to share your experience via our new online story submission form. Here are some questions to think about. Were you a bully? How did you feel? How did you change your ways? Have you been bullied? How did you cope and what resources worked best for you? Tell us about it.

You can submit your story (500 words or less) via our online form and you may choose to remain anonymous. Only with your consent will we share your story with our greater online community.

Thank you for being a part of this important conversation! Hope to see you in your pink shirts on Feb 26th as we make some noise against bullying!

To submit your personal story, click here .

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Tag #pinkshirtday! Thu, 16 Jan 2014 19:36:26 +0000 Are you ready for Pink Shirt Anti-Bullying Day and excited to post some photos or send some tweets? Join our conversation!

The official hashtag for the 2014 edition of our event is #pinkshirtday, so be sure to tag us when sharing posts about your Pink Shirt Anti-Bullying Day activities. We’d love to see how you and your classmates, colleagues and friends are making some noise against bullying!




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Thanks to everyone for your support. We’re excited to make this year’s Pink Shirt Anti-Bullying Day the biggest and best yet!

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MIT Algorithm Takes Aim At Social Media Cyberbullying Thu, 16 Jan 2014 14:08:39 +0000 MIT researchers have come up with a technology that detects bullying online before behavior turns nastyThese days, students navigate social media sites as easily as the hallways.

And Max, Michael and Hyacinth — seventh graders at Weston Middle School, are among them. Each has an iPhone, and using mobile apps comes as second nature to them. They also know that social media can be a tool for bullies.

“Yeah, the big thing is, it’s anonymous,” Max said. “It’s sad, because if you could sort something out in person, the problem might get resolved. Online, no … ”

Hyacinth remarks on the impact of technology on social interaction.

“It has pretty much completely changed society in a really big way, I think cyber-bullying has definitely been one of the main things that occurs today,” Hyacinth said.

“Sometimes I catch myself before I post something,” Michael said. “Like, ‘Will this be offensive to somebody?’ And there are many times that I don’t post something in case people disagree with it.”

Computing for Empathy

By nature most kids hit “send,” and until now, there’s been no way to track online bullying. But Karthik Dinakar, researcher at the Software Agents Group at the MIT Media Lab, thinks the lab has come up with a way.

“Bullying consists of so many different things,” Dinakar said. “You can hack into somebody’s account, you can say really mean things, you can send really inappropriate pictures, but what I was most focused on was detecting things through communication when it happens through language.”

Dinakar developed an algorithm that matches what you write online to a database of commonly used words and slang, detecting whether it’s hostile or inappropriate. So for example, if I go to Facebook, type in a message and press “send” or “post,” the algorithm would analyze what I’m writing, and if it senses something nasty or mean, a little message would pop up, asking “Do you really want to say this?” Dinakar calls it “computing for empathy.”

“That’s one way in which it can be used,” he said. “Parents can deploy the software on the phones of their kids.” Dinakar said.

You mean… have a conversation in person?

Right now the algorithm is being used at A Thin Line, an MTV website where teens share experiences. While it may not prevent bullying, it could help change behavior — which is something all of us could work on, according to Elizabeth Englander, psychologist and director of the Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center at Bridgewater State University.

“Kids — and adults, too — have a tendency to increase their self-focus on online,” Englander said. “So that means they really focus on how they’re appearing to others, and they stop focusing on how what they’re doing is going to impact other people.”

“The problem with that is that it may mean that they do something trying to look funny or clever or tough, and they’re really not thinking about how it impacts others,” she said. “The MIT app is perfectly suited for that kind of situation because the purpose of it is really to remind the user that what they’re doing is going to have an impact.”

While Englander says there is a need for a self-flagging app, she says it’s only one solution to a multifaceted problem.

“One of the things that we need to teach our kids, is we need to teach them how to have a private conversation,” she said. “How do you do it? Do you talk to the person face-to-face? Over the phone? But social media is not the place to have it.”

That’s a message that resonates with students at Weston Middle, where Englander’s anti-bullying credo is taught to students every school year.

Seventh graders Hyacinth, Michael and Max agree that the app would be useful.

“Yeah, because say something you say isn’t bad, but it’s thought that it’s bad,” said Max.

“Definitely”, chimed in Hyacinth. “I think it could give someone some awareness about like, it can be seen, other people can see it and it will definitely do some damage.”

“To have something pop up like that just refreshes your mind by telling you, are you sure?” Michael said.

A question we could all ask ourselves before hitting “send.”

WGBH – MIT Algorithm Takes Aim At Social Media Cyberbullying

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Racist bullying: Far-right agenda on immigration ‘being taken into classrooms’ Wed, 08 Jan 2014 14:39:26 +0000 Heated debate on immigration blamed for increase in children reporting abuseThe number of children seeking help for racist bullying increased sharply last year, as campaigners warn that the heated public debate about immigration is souring race relations in the classroom.

More than 1,400 children and young people contacted ChildLine for counselling about racist bullying in 2013, up 69 per cent on the previous 12 months. Islamophobia is a particular issue in schools, according to the charity, with young Muslims reporting that they are being called “terrorists” and “bombers” by classmates.

Children who have poor English or a strong accent are often called “freshies” – an abusive term that highlights their struggle to fit in.

The rise in children needing help for xenophobic bullying coincides with rising political hostility to immigration – especially in the lead-up to this month’s lifting of restrictions on Romanians and Bulgarians entering the UK.

In 2011, just 802 children approached the charity seeking help for racist bullying.

Sue Minto, head of ChildLine, said: “There’s so much more of a focus in the news at the moment about immigrants… it’s a real discussion topic and children aren’t immune to the conversations that happen around them.

“Some children are being told, even if they’re UK born, to pack your bags and go back where you belong. It is very worrying, it’s a big increase. This past year, it really seems to be something children and young people are suffering with.”

Overall, the number of children needing support for bullying of any kind was up 8 per cent between 2012 and 2013, according to ChildLine.

The charity’s report found that the majority of the racist bullying affecting children was happening at school and many of those calling ChildLine for counselling say teachers ignore the situation or make it worse with clumsy interventions.

James Kingett, of the charity Show Racism The Red Card (SRTRC) which seeks to combat racism, said: “We work with around 50,000 young people every year and issues around Islamophobia have been very prevalent over the past 12 to 18 months. That idea that all Muslims are terrorists or bombers is a particular problem. We’re getting that from kids with no Muslim classmates through to those in diverse schools with many Muslims.”

Mr Kingett added: “We are doing work on the impact of far-right groups such as the English Defence League on children’s attitudes. Often children are picking up language at home and from parents and taking that to be fact. The rhetoric at the moment around immigration is incredibly pervasive. The prominence of the immigration debate may have had a knock-on effect, filtering down in classrooms.”

According to ChildLine, several young people who had the courage to tell a teacher then found that nothing happened or that they were given advice to simply ignore the bullies, which they found unhelpful and ineffective.

Others were reluctant to speak out, fearing that the situation would become worse.

Some actions taken by the school made things worse, some children said. For example, racist bullying being discussed in assembly simply advertised it and led to increased abusive behaviour.

Ms Minto said: “This kind of bullying seems to be happening much more at school and on the way to school than on social media. Some of the children who’ve spoken to us say that they’ve told a teacher and they didn’t do anything. Another said ‘I told a teacher and it became a topic in assembly,’ which is horrendous.”

While girls are ordinarily more likely to approach ChildLine about bullying, more boys get in touch about racist abuse. Of the calls and online counselling sessions, 52 per cent involved boys, 32 per cent girls and 16 per cent were gender unknown.

Mr Kingett said that although the rise in racist bullying complaints was worrying, it at least indicated that children were prepared to seek help about their problems.

The ChildLine report also found there was a dramatic rise in those seeking help with online abuse, with counselling for cyber bullying up 87 per cent in a year.

The charity also reported a 41 per cent increase in contacts about self-harm and a 33 per cent increase in young people feeling suicidal.

A Department for Education spokeswoman said: “No child should have to suffer the fear and victimisation of bullying. Every school must have measures in place by law to prevent it and, thanks to our new curriculum, children will soon be taught how to stay safe online, including cyber-bullying, from the age of five.

“We have strengthened the powers that teachers have to tackle bullying. They can search pupils for banned items, delete inappropriate images from phones, and give out same-day detentions. We are also providing more than £4m to a range of anti-bullying organisations to help schools develop strategies to tackle the problem and deal with the impact when it occurs.”

In their own words: What children say about racist bullying

Teenage girl

“I’m being bullied at school because of my race and religion. They call me a terrorist because they know I’m Muslim. I’ve lost my temper a few times – it really frustrates me because then I end up getting in trouble. Some of my friends stick up for me, but it’s not enough, I want the teachers to do something but they always tell me they’re too busy.”

Boy, age unknown

“I’m getting fed up. People at school keep calling me racist names but the teachers aren’t doing anything. It’s really upsetting and I feel unsupported. I don’t know what to do.”

Teenage girl

“I’m really upset. I’ve been getting bullied at school for a while now. I get called a ‘freshie’ and teased about the way I look – they say I have a big nose. I went to my teachers because I hoped they would make it stop but they didn’t do anything, I feel like they just ignored me. My family have been really supportive but I find it difficult to cope. I just wish people would like me for me.”

Teenage boy

“People at school call me racist names and tell me to go back to where I came from. It’s starting to get me down. I have a friend who is really supportive but sometimes I can’t help but feel so angry. I told my mum what was happening – she told me to tell a teacher. I haven’t though. I don’t want to tell anyone.”

Girl, aged 13

“I used to be proud of my roots until I started getting bullied at school because I look different to everyone else in my year. They tell me to go back to where I came from and that I’m ugly or horrible to look at. I know they’re trying to make me feel bad about myself and it’s starting to work. I used to be  confident but now I’m shy. My friends tell me to ignore it but it’s really difficult not to care. I just feel so down.”

Young boy

“A boy has been bullying me for ages. He calls me racist names and says nasty things. I told my parents about it because it was really upsetting me so they went to talk to my teachers. They thought it would help things but it’s made the bullying so much worse. I feel like I can’t escape the name-calling and I’m struggling to ignore it. I don’t know what to do – I just wish it would stop.”

The Independent – Racist bullying: Far-right agenda on immigration ‘being taken into classrooms’

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Mom Cyber-Shames Daughter for Online Bullying. Who’s the Bully Now? Tue, 07 Jan 2014 18:14:54 +0000 Mom Cyber-Shames Daughter for Online Bullying. Who's the Bully Now?Dunce caps seem like a harsh and antiquated way of making kids behave, but in the public arena otherwise known as the Internet, some parents are resorting to a similar means of discipline, albeit with shaming notes and photographs. On Sunday, a redditor called AngryCommGuy posted a picture titled “Mom Catches Daughter Cyberbullying” he says he found posted by a “surburban mom” on Facebook.

The image shows a girl, who appears to be in her early teens, holding a sign and an IPod. The sign reads: “My name is Hailey. I am a kind, caring, smart girl, but I make poor choices with social media. As a punishment, I am selling my IPod and will be donating the money to the charity Beat Bullying, in hopes of changing my behavior as well as bringing awareness to Bullying. Because bullying is wrong.”

In an era when even some judges are sentencing people to wear humiliating signs to atone for their crimes, this is only one of many incidents picked up by the media of parents using online shaming notes to reprimand their children. And apparently, it can be a powerfully aversive tool. In 2012, when a Texas mom posted a photo of her 12 year-old daughter on Instagram as a punishment for displaying the her own selfie holding a bottle of vodka, the mother told ABC News that, “She actually asked for a spanking instead; she begged for a spanking.”

The redditor did not respond to Yahoo Shine’s request for comment, but on the social sharing site, he further explained that the reaction to the photo on Facebook was “high fives all around.” An argument can be made that the girl’s mother is teaching her daughter a valuable lesson-and one that she will never forget-by showing her precisely what it feels like to be humiliated online. “Parenting! *Fist bump freeze in the air*” wrote one commentor. Another recalled, “When I was 6, my mom caught me bullying a kid for being poor/dirty. Made me wear the same unwashed outfit for a week. BAM! Empathy learned.”

However, many other commentors are calling out the mom for cyberbullying herself. One asked, “How to teach your kid to not be a cyber bully: post a judgmental photo of her on the Internet so people can see how bad she is.” Another added, “I think shaming your kids is horrific parenting and all the ‘parenting: doing it right’ replies [that] this kind of submission gets is very sad.”

Family therapist and parenting expert Karen Ruskin praises the mom for taking action at all and says she sees many parents who have a “not my kid” attitude when it comes to bullying-but she feels this kind of punishment both perpetuates the problem and doesn’t teach a kid about real empathy. “Without realizing it, the mother is actually doing what her daughter did to another child,” she tells Yahoo Shine. “Cyberbullying is psychologically hurting someone using social media. Now you are putting your daughter in a position where she is being shamed.” Ruskin says it would be more beneficial for the daughter-and her victim-for her to go to the other child’s house and apologize face-to-face. “Standing there with a note doesn’t help the other person.” While Ruskin feels that parents who use this type of punishment may mean well, they won’t get the outcome they seek since they are contradicting their own message. “And a giving her IPod to charity? I’d rather see her donate her time. One day, I’m certain, the daughter is going to get another IPod.”

Yahoo – Mom Cyber-Shames Daughter for Online Bullying. Who’s the Bully Now?

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Bikini barista stand faces boycott accused of cyber-bullying Mon, 06 Jan 2014 15:34:54 +0000 Bikini barista stand faces boycott accused of cyber-bullyingA bikini barista stand is at the center of an ugly war of words that’s raising the issue of cyber-bullying, a potential lawsuit, and a public outcry to boycott the stand.

The drama started with a Facebook post on Sips Ahoy coffee stand’s business page. The post made fun of a customer’s weight, and Meghan Calavan, the woman who runs Sips Ahoy, said in a Facebook comment that she posted it because the woman was rude to her.

Jesseka Cladek is a relative to the woman in Meghan’s post, and admits she let loose with an insulting comment in response.

“To see such vulger, disgusting posts about my family. I don’t let anybody mess with my family like that,” Jesseka said.

Jesseka called the stand a “run down whore house,” which sparked a social media fire storm on the Facebook page that has now been removed.

But before the posts were removed, a “Boycott Sips Ahoy” Facebook page sprung up, posting screen shots of all the negative comments about Jesseka made by Meghan and her father Kelly Calavan.

“Your worthless save world hunger by shooting yourself :) the rest of the world would like to eat also,” Meghan wrote.

In another post, Kelly says, “She’s a huge fat (expletive) that no one would want to see in a bikini. She is just jealous of you beautiful fine lady’s!!. She looks like a fat pugsly Addams!!!”

The negative comments entered dangerous territory, said Jesseka, adding that the comments amount to harrassament and is why her family has hired an attorney.

“When you use those words, you know, ‘go shoot yourself’, or ‘the world would be a better place if you were dead.’ If you don’t shoot yourself, there will be more to come,” Jesseka said.

Jessica said those words cut deep because bullying is what led to a childhood friend’s suicide.

An apology was posted by Meghan, but Jesseka noted that hasn’t stopped Meghan from hurling more insulting words.

“If you were sorry, why would you continue to do that?” Jesseka asked.

Requests to speak with managers from Sips Ahoy were not returned, and an employee at the stand could not reach anyone on the phone.

The “Boycott Sips Ahoy” Facebook page is calling for a boycott of the coffee stand, and has become a battlefield for continuing comments by the community.

Seattle Post-Intelligencer? – Bikini barista stand faces boycott accused of cyber-bullying

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“BullyBlocker” developed to prevent cyberbullying Thu, 19 Dec 2013 14:28:06 +0000 "BullyBlocker" developed to prevent cyberbullyingStatistics suggest that more than half of adolescents and teens have been bullied online. BullyBlocker is an app that catches concerning postings or photos on social media and assesses the likelihood that your child is, or will be cyber bullied.

“We thought that we could make a difference, we could do something about it,” said Dr. Yasin Silva, professor of applied computing at ASU West.

Under Silva’s direction, students at ASU’s School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences are developing BullyBlocker, which can identify potential instances of online bullying. The goal is to develop a free app by the end of the spring semester.

“A parent can download it, and then the application will monitor the interaction of the minors with the social networks,” said Silva.

The purpose of the app is to empower parents and keep kids safe, while still honoring their child’s privacy.

“I’m a mom, so I can see the benefit in a tool like this to use. It’s something I would be interested in, as a parent,” said student and app developer Tara Tucker.

Based on postings on a child’s social media page, BullyBlocker uses a complex series of indicators and algorithms that will help you, the parent, determine if your child is being cyber-bullied.

“It computes a number, that represents the probability that this minor, this person, is experiencing a problem,” Silva said.

And that number comes as a result of a model that the group uses to assess various risk factors.

“Everybody seems to think it’s a wonderful tool to have out there,” added Tucker.

Despite the widespread interest and support for the project, the group would like to raise additional funds to keep the project moving.

For more information on BullyBlocker, or to make a donation, CLICK HERE.

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Former EA devs take a stand against cyberbullying with iOS game Wed, 18 Dec 2013 14:11:46 +0000 High School StoryA high school-themed iOS game from a group of former Electronic Arts developers is taking on the issue of cyberbullying, which is believed to affect one in six US teens per year.

The game, High School Story from Pixelberry Studios, was released this summer and has seen more than 4 million downloads to date. After the deaths of teenagers Rebecca Sedwick and Audrie Potts, who committed suicide this year after they were cyberbullied, Pixelberry CEO Oliver Miao decided to take a stand through the company’s mobile game.

To that end, Pixelberry has added numerous cyberbullying-themed quests and content to High School Story. Specifically, players will meet a young cyberbullying victim named Hope (above) and must help her stand up to bullies.

Players will make use of “sensitive, realistic messaging” techniques created in collaboration with cyberbullying charity The Cybersmile Foundation in the game. The cyberbullying quests launched recently and have seen more than 400,000 players so far.

According to Pixelberry, as developers began writing the cyberbullying-themed quests, a player reached out to them acknowledging suicidal thoughts. After contacting a crisis hotline to provide this person with assistance, developers began to understand how much of an impact they could have on the issue with High School Story.

“For me, one of the worst things about being bullied was feeling like there was nobody I could turn to for help,” Miao said in a statement. “Pixelberry is excited to be using High School Story to help teens learn how to stop cyberbullying. Based on statistics from the Center of Disease Control, we’re estimating that 80,000 of our players could attempt suicide this year. If our efforts can help just a fraction of these players, High School Story will be supporting hundreds, if not thousands of teens through challenging junctures in their lives.”

On top of the in-game content, Pixelberry has pledged over $100,000 to Cybersmile through matching purchases of a special in-game item. “Tens of thousands” of the items have been purchased already, Pixelberry said.

Game Spot – Former EA devs take a stand against cyberbullying with iOS game

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