Every now and then, I have the fortune of participating in some amazing events and campaigns that really mean a lot to me. There are social media programs and campaigns that truly do make a difference in the lives of others and this is one of them.
Putting a stop to bullying starts here.
Together with the cast of Degrassi and Leave Out Violence (LOVE), #Riocan is joining forces in the fight to end bullying.
The launch of the Red Dot Safe Spot program creates bully-free zones in RioCan malls and shopping centres across Canada where young people can hang out and feel safe in their local communities.
I think it’s great when businesses make it a point to have initiatives like the Red Dot Safe Spot bully-free safe zones campaign. Okay, I’m also excited that some of the cast members from Degrassi are involved too.
The hard truth about bullying
– One in seven Canadian children aged 11 to 16 are victims of bullying
– 25 per cent of children in grades 4 to 6 have been bullied
– Bullying occurs once every 7 minutes on the playground and once every 25 minutes in the classroom
– In most cases, bullying stops within 10 seconds when peers intervene, or do not support the bullying behavior
– 64 per cent of kids have been bullied at school
– 12 per cent of kids were bullied regularly (once or more a week)
– 13 per cent of kids bullied other students regularly (once or more a week)
– 72 per cent of kids observe bullying at school at least once in a while
– 40 per cent have tried to intervene
– 64 per cent of kids consider bullying a normal part of school life
– 20-50 per cent say bullying can be a good thing (‘it makes you tougher’… ‘It’s a good way to solve problems…’)
– 25-33 per cent say bullying is sometimes OK or that it’s OK to pick on ‘losers’
– 61-80 per cent say bullies are often popular and enjoy high status among peers
– Adults who were bullied as children are more likely to suffer from depression in adulthood
Social networks are the new playground — cyberbullying can’t be ignored.
– 1 in 5 Canadian teens have witnessed online bullying
– 25 per cent of kids between 12-15 have witnessed cyber bullying
– 25 percent of girls and 17 per cent of boys have witnessed cyber bullying
– 51 per cent of all teens have had negative experience with social networking
– 16 per cent say someone has posted an embarrassing photo of them
– 12 per cent say someone has hacked their account
Join us for the No Bullying Here Twitter Party
Wednesday April 15, 2015
Hosts : @Ont_LOVE @Degrassi @helpmesara @ShesConnected
Prizes: 10 $50 Gift Cards
Twubs Page: http://twubs.com/
To find out more about Red Spot Safe Spot, visit the website here.
Hope chat with you on April 15th!