Pink Shirt - Anti-bullying Day

Pink Shirt (Anti-Bullying) Day in Canada will be Wed. Feb. 27, 2019.

2019 Theme: “Be Kind”
”In today’s digital world, it can be impossible to escape online bullying, whether it takes the shape of harassment, spreading rumours, sharing embarrassing information or threats. This year, Pink Shirt Day is encouraging others to combat cyberbullying by thinking twice before posting something negative, and instead using the internet to spread kindness.”


Anti-Bullying Day

You may be aware of the occasion, but did you know it began in Canada?

Here is part of the original Sept. 2007 CBC News report:

Two Nova Scotia students are being praised across North America for the way they turned the tide against the bullies who picked on a fellow student for wearing pink.

The victim, a Grade 9 boy, wore a pink polo shirt on his first day of school. Bullies harassed the boy, called him a homosexual for wearing pink and threatened to beat him up.

Two Grade 12 students — David Shepherd and Travis Price — heard the news and decided to take action.
"I just figured enough was enough," said Shepherd. They went to a nearby discount store and bought 50 pink shirts… to wear to school the next day. Then the two went online to e-mail classmates to get them on board with their anti-bullying cause that they dubbed a "sea of pink."

But a tsunami of support poured in the next day. Not only were dozens of students outfitted with the discount tees, but hundreds of students showed up wearing their own pink clothes, some head-to-toe. When the bullied student… walked into school to see fellow students decked out in was a powerful moment. "It looked like there was a big weight lifted off his shoulders….”said Shepherd.

There's been nary a peep from the bullies since, which Shepherd says just goes to show what a little activism will do.

In 2008 Premier Gordon Campbell recognized Anti-Bullying Day in BC.  Christy Clark has been a big supporter in both her talk show and her website. The International STAND UP to Bullying Day is actually a bi-annual event (February and November) with 25 countries participating. The official date is usually the last Wednesday in February.

Bullying can show itself in many forms, and usually when teachers aren’t present. One program my school utilizes is called “using your WITTS”.  It provides a strategy for times when students have problems on the playground. It also gives peers a common language to use when trying to help.

W= walk away, I= ignore, T= tell them to stop, Talk= talk about solutions, S= seek help

Want to get involved with your own pink shirt or button? They cost about $10, with proceeds going to children's groups that deal with self-esteem issues. They are available online or through sponsors such as London Drugs.


CBC News article
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Pink Shirt Day
The last Wednesday of February is known as Anti-Bullying Day in Canada.

BC Gov't program: erase = expect respect & a safe education

bc211 is a Vancouver-based nonprofit organization that specializes in providing information, referral, and help line services.
RedBook Online resources (for Coquitlam, BC) 
A fabulous Canadian created (2000), but internationally accredited, website to promote: 
“Where you are NOT alone”.
Bullying Prevention and Intervention in the School Environment: Factsheet and Tools

United States

International STAND UP to Bullying Day
The event takes place in schools, workplaces, and organizations in 25 countries across the globe on the third Friday of November
to coincide with Anti-bullying week (wikipedia article) and then again on the last Friday of February.

Scholastic Stand Up Against Bullying Teacher Guide
Health, Life Skills, and Language Arts Program to Help Prevent Student Bullying

Apps related to Anti-bullying
Links to 7 apps (KnowBullying, Stop!t, Belly Button, My Mobile Watchdog, Net Nanny, Bully Tag, Anonymous Alerts)
Know Bullying
"Sit With Us" (Information on the Huffingtonpost)

Cyberbullying Research Center - Lots of downloadable information here!

Information by a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating users of connected technology about safety, privacy and security

Callersmart - reverse lookup to investigate and stop nuisance calls
Pacer Center Kids Against Bullying

Resources about bullying by K12 online public school group (US)

K-12 Internet Resource Center – resources

Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC)—a leading global nonprofit organization established in 1958

Kalamazoo College Stop School Bullying Website... for Kids, Parents, and Teachers

Open Colleges - Strategies for Educators

Resources provided by concerned companies

Cyberbullying (Lots of information here, including definitions, laws, suggestions, social media etc.)

Bullying and Substance Abuse: Who it affects and why
(fact based resources by Advanced Recovery Systems)

Bullying hotlines and resource center (BRIM software company)

Guide for parents and educators on child internet privacy and safety (Comparitech)
United Kingdom

Anti-bullying alliance

Ben Cohen StandUp foundation (UK)


Student suggestions

CYBER-BULLYING: The New Online Crime

Thank you to Kristin M., a grade 6 student, for passing on the following link!
After reading Judy Blume's story "Blubber", Kristin was inspired to do some research of her own
about the modern day problem of Cyber-Bullying.



Thank you to Lauren and her teacher, Mrs.Galvin, in Indiana, for passing on the following link!
This website has general safety links for kids both around the home and at school.

Thank you to Alexa and her tutor, Mr. Coner, for passing on the following link!
Computer and Internet Safety Tips including information and links regarding Cyberbullying


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This page revised February 2019.