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Blog: Monday, March 2nd, 2020

Pink Shirt Day - Afterthoughts

Wednesday, February 26 was the Canada wide – Pink Shirt (Anti-Bullying) Day.  Godson staff and students had our anti-bullying assembly last Monday morning to talk about this important topic.  We, as a school, are committed to ensure that bullying does not occur.  In our assembly, we talked about what bullying is, and what we all can do to identify it, call it out, and eliminate it.  We identified bullying as:

An Imbalance of Power: Kids who bully use their power—such as physical strength, access to embarrassing information, or popularity—to control or harm others. Power imbalances can change over time and in different situations, even if they involve the same people.
Repetition: Bullying behaviors happen more than once or have the potential to happen more than once.

Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose.

Types of Bullying
There are three types of bullying:
 
-Verbal bullying is saying or writing mean things. Verbal bullying includes:
 
Teasing; Name-calling; Inappropriate rude or humiliating comments; Taunting; or Threatening to cause harm

-Social bullying, sometimes referred to as relational bullying, involves hurting someone’s reputation or relationships. Social bullying includes:

Leaving someone out on purpose; Telling other children not to be friends with someone; Spreading rumors about someone; or Embarrassing someone in public

-Physical bullying involves hurting a person’s body or possessions. Physical bullying includes:

Hitting/kicking/pinching; Spitting; Tripping/pushing; Taking or breaking someone’s things; Making mean or rude hand gestures

We are fortunate that bullying behavior is not a problem at Godson.  However, as a school we talked about what to do if you see bullying happening around you.  We referred to this as being an Upstander, which included: 1. Being a Buddy; 2. Interrupting; 3. Speaking Out; and 4. Telling Someone.  Ultimately, the best way to eliminate bullying is to be a friend.  We talked a lot about that too.  Many, many students at Godson have strong friendship skills.  We love to celebrate that too!