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February 7, 2018

February 28th Is Pink Shirt Day

Join schools across BC in support of the anti-bullying movement

February 28th, 2018 is Pink Shirt Day. Wear pink on February 28th and join schools across BC in support of the anti-bullying movement! The theme for Pink Shirt Day this year is cyberbullying. You can learn more about cyberbullying on the Pink Shirt Day website, on the ERASE Bullying website, and on the MediaSmarts website.

There are many opportunities for schools to create positive learning environments for students. Consider incorporating anti-bullying and positive mental health programming into the formal and informal curriculum at your school or during extracurricular time. To support your participation in this important day, please see below for a list of anti-bullying and positive mental health resources for use in the school environment:

ERASE Bullying is a comprehensive and multipronged approach to promoting positive mental health and wellness, and to prevent bullying and violent behaviour in schools. The strategy includes a coordinated approach involving schools, families, and community partners. The website provides parents and students with helpful tips and advice on how to address bullying and includes a confidential online reporting tool for youth to report bullying.

The WITS Program brings schools, families and communities together to create responsive environments that help children deal with bullying and peer victimization. There are two components: the WITS Primary Program (Kindergarten to Grade 3) and the WITS LEADS Program (Grades 4 to 6).

The JCSH Positive Mental Health Toolkit is an online resource that promotes positive mental health practices and perspectives within a school environment. The toolkit is designed to help schools and communities apply their strengths to foster positive growth and development of children and youth.

RespectED: Beyond the Hurt is a Canadian Red Cross youth-facilitated program targeted at bullying and harassment prevention among children aged 11 and over.

 is an empowerment program where facilitators offer skills for choosing healthy relationships, strategies to prevent bullying and harassment and techniques for de-escalating verbal, physical and emotional violence. Most importantly, the program cultivates empowerment, self-determination, critical thinking and self-esteem in children and youth.

Additional anti-bullying and positive mental health resources are available on the Healthy Schools BC website.

Wear pink on February 28th and encourage your school community to do the same. Click here for information on ways you can participate in Pink Shirt Day. Follow Pink Shirt Day on Instagram, on Twitter, and on Facebook and use the #PinkShirtDay hashtag on social media to share your stories and photos if your classroom or school participates in Pink Shirt Day this year.

You can find out more about Pink Shirt Day here.

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