Each year during the third week of November, the Alberta Government raises awareness of bullying since it impacts 47% of Canadian youth and 40% of Canadian workers. Bullying has extremely negative impacts on victims' lives, usually leading them to withdraw from social activities and groups as well as develop feelings of anger, embarrassment, shyness, and unhappiness.
This year's theme is #WhereToTurn, which is intended to encourage everyone to learn about what resources are available to turn to when dealing with bullying since it can be challenging to overcome alone.
What is Bullying?
Bullying occurs when somebody — either a friend, coworker, or family member — purposely uses mean, cruel, or hurtful behaviours repeatedly to gain power within the relationship. Bullying comes in numerous forms, but the most common types are verbal, physical, social, and online/cyber.
Verbal: Name-calling, sarcasm, teasing, spreading rumours, threatening, making negative references to one’s culture, ethnicity, race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation, unwanted sexual comments
Physical: Hitting, poking, pinching, chasing, shoving, coercing, destroying or stealing belongings, unwanted sexual touching.