MONTREAL, Nov. 12, 2014 / CNW / - Bullying rates in Canada are higher than those in two-thirds of OECD (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development) member countries 1 and 78 % of Canadians feel there is a lack of resources to address bullying in their communities1. But during National Bullying Awareness Week (November 16-23), people across the country have the opportunity to take a stand, and Kids Help Phone encourages people of all ages to participate.
Did you know ?
- In 2013, Kids Help Phone saw an increase of 10 % in the number of calls received during National Bullying Awareness Week;
- Almost 9 % of phone and online communications with Kids Help Phone are related to bullying;
- During the school year (September to May), the organization notes an increase of 51 % in communications related to bullying and harassment;
- Youth ages 12 to 14 accounted for one-third of all bullying and harassment counseling sessions in 2013;
- 87 % of Canadian students in Grades 2 to 4 reported witnessing bullying at school2;
- Peers are present in 90 % incidents of bullying. Having an audience gives attention and a certain social status1 young perpetrators of bullying;
- In an online survey conducted by Kids Help Phone on its sites for teens, 24 % of respondents said they would tell a friend if they were in a bullying situation. or cyberbullying, and 50 % would not tell anyone.
“Bullying is the act of intentionally behaving in a hurtful way towards someone. It's a situation that should always be taken seriously ”, says Andréanne, from the Kids Help Phone clinical service. “Everyone deserves to be treated with respect and while you can't control what others say or do, you can fight bullying. We cannot say it enough to young people: you are not alone. Talking about it with someone you trust, like a parent, guardian or teacher, until you get the support you need, can be a great way to examine our emotions and start to see a change appear. "
Research proves that Kids Help Phone's intervention service is very effective: 87 % of telephone customers report a decrease in their level of distress3 and 71 % of chat users say they have a better appreciation of what they can do to cope with or resolve their situation3.
Being a target of bullying can be hurtful, worrying, and can even lead to isolation. Here are some tips to help parents and adults fight bullying and create a healthier environment:
- Inquire about the different types of bullying and how to “listen” to the young people in your life, whether they are bullied, bullying or witnessing such scenes.
- Talk about bullying regularly with young people and adolescents, and especially when they enter unfamiliar social situations, such as a change of school.
- Listen to them and take the situation seriously. If a young person reports an incident of bullying, take their concern seriously and let them know that you are there to help.
- Encourage young people to make the right choice. Explain that there are many ways to resist, and telling an adult about the incident is not reporting if it helps protect someone.
- Encourage assertiveness, not aggression. Do not urge young people to fight back. Fighting or responding to mistreatment or rumors by continuing in the same vein is not a reasonable solution.
- Don't minimize the experience. Bullying can be scary. Let young people know that you are on their side.
- Be a good role model. Show what it means to be inclusive, kind and respectful of others.
- Encourage empathy. If young people can understand what it feels like to be bullied, they might think twice about bullying.
- Remind young people around you often that they are not alone and encourage them to open up to people they trust.
Parents, caregivers, teachers and youth professionals who would like more information on National Bullying Awareness Week are invited to visit kids help phone.ca/SSI. They will find a variety of useful materials and resources there.
1 Source: PREVNet, Bullying Statistics, 2014 : http://www.prevnet.ca/
2 Source: Kids Help Phone, Intimidation, 2014 : http://jeunessejecoute.ca/
3 Source: Kids Help Phone, Supporting evidence, 2013 : http://kidshelpdev.org/khp-
About Kids Help Phone
Kids Help Phone is a Canadian world leader recognized for its expertise and constant focus on innovation. It is the only youth organization available 24/7, across Canada, providing professional counseling and information. Since 1989, we have provided children, adolescents and young adults with a lifeline through our free, anonymous and confidential service which - research shows - greatly improves the mental well-being of young people. Youth from communities across the country connect with Kids Help Phone through phone, chat and web posting and can be referred through our database of 46,000 local community resources. Kids Help Phone's Always Listening websites and application are considered role models through their concepts of therapeutic games, tools and relevant information. Being in constant contact with young people, Kids Help Phone places their perspective and the improvement of their well-being in society at the very heart of its work. The organization collects a significant portion of its income from community members, foundations and businesses. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we are listening to 6.5 million young Canadians aged five to 20, in French and in English.
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