It comes in many forms and can happen at any age. It’s something we all need to be aware of and speak up against.
I think it’s important to bring awareness to a new anti-bullying project that TELUS is working on in relation to all of their TELUS WISE initiatives. Essentially TELUS is funding a new text messaging pilot program for kids so they can send a quick, confidential text message to a skilled and certified informational and referral specialist who will provide non-judgmental support, information, referrals and crisis support as needed in a timely manner.
The I AM SOMEONE Ending Bullying Society, together with bc211 and TELUS, are one step closer to providing local youth with an innovative texting tool that will provide support to those young people who have been bullied or are bullying others in our community.
This platform will enable youth dealing with bullying; as well as issues ranging from gangs, sexual exploitation, date violence, hate crimes, discrimination and abuse; to send a text for support and assistance in finding help.
“For youth in a crisis, the ability to reach out for help in the most comfortable way possible is crucial,” said Port Coquitlam Mayor and I AM SOMEONE Ending Bullying Society Vice President, Greg Moore. “Through this partnership with bc211 and TELUS, we can offer that very important way to connect.”
Once again, TELUS reminds me of why I have been a loyal TELUS customer since 2000. 14 years is the longest relationship I’ve ever had! Not only does TELUS continue to provide me with great mobile service, but they are an example of how businesses care for their customers through initiatives like the one mentioned here.
“TELUS is committed to helping change lives through the power of technology,” says Jill Schnarr, Vice-President, Community Affairs at TELUS. “This new texting program will give kids who need help the opportunity to reach out for support using their smartphones – ensuring safer, healthier futures for our youth and our communities.”
The pilot will start in three cities in B.C. this September . Wouldn’t it be great if TELUS could launch a national program to help even more Canadian youth?
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