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International Stand Up to Bullying Day: What you need to know [video]

International STAND UP to Bullying Day, observed in February and November, is a semi-annual event in which participants sign and wear a pink shirt to take a visible, public stance against bullying.

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International Stand Up to Bullying Day is a semi-annual event which calls on supporters to wear pink and take a visible, public stance against bullying.

Schools and workplaces especially are encouraged to participate, and the event is observed by more than 25 countries around the world on the last Friday in February, and the first Friday in November.

The first observation of the day took place in February 2008 when more than 230 schools, workplaces and organisations registered to participate in the pledge.

Bullying takes many forms

Bullying can be defined as any action that makes a person feel afraid, degraded and worthless. While some forms of bullying are direct, others may be more subtle.

Remember that bullies don’t always take the form of who we expect them to be, and bullying no longer necessarily stops once class is dismissed or we leave school. Bullying includes:

  • People calling you names
  • Making things up to get you into trouble
  • Hitting, pinching, biting, pushing and shoving
  • Taking things away from you
  • Damaging your belongings
  • Stealing your money
  • Turning people against you
  • Spreading rumours
  • Threats and intimidation

Watch: What It’s Like To Be Bullied

What to do if you are bullied

It’s important to tell someone, no matter how hard it is. Many people prefer to stay silent about bullying for fear of coming across as vulnerable or weak.

However, bullying won’t stop unless action is taken. Children who are bullied are encouraged to speak up and reach out to someone they trust. The same advice goes for adults who are the victim of bullying.

If you are the bully

In most cases, bullies are being bullied by someone else, and inflicting the same pain another victim is how many people cope. Remember that people who are hurt, hurt others. It’s a vicious cycle.

If you are the bully, talk to a trusted adult about it. If you’ve been deeply hurt by someone that mattered to you, put the mask down and know that you, too, are loved.

If you witness bullying

Don’t look the other way and don’t ignore it. Studies have shown that when bystanders interfere, bullying will stop within ten seconds 57% of the time.

Many people prefer to remain quiet, perhaps believing that one person cannot make a difference. Popular YouTube content creator, FouseyTube, drive the point home with a bullying experiment.

Watch: FouseyTube’s bullying experiment

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