The idea originated in Canada more than a decade ago, and while Canadians celebrate Anti-bullying Day on February 27, the United Nations declared the official day to be May 4.
Anti-Bullying Day activities can take place at schools, workplaces, or any peer group location. They may include “abolishing bullying” rallies, information and networking booths to help the community in understanding the evils of bullying, and publicizing anti-discrimination organizations. Examples include Blue Shirt World Day of Bullying Prevention, National Bullying awareness month, and Pink Shirt Day.
Other features include handouts, resources, and information promoting the message of the “National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence”. Examples of other activities include races, conferences, video-creating competitions such as the “ScreenIt!” and the “Back me up” competitions, and community events, all used to spread awareness of bullying and violence.
Personally, I think that bullying is such a major problem in today’s society that we need as many anti-bullying days as we can get throughout the year.
Are you going to get involved in stopping bullying this year? Share your opinions about Anti-bullying Day and let me know (in the comments section) how or if bullying has affected your life. It certainly has affected mine a lot.