Jake was in grade 9, and loved his new high school. He enjoyed learning new things and spending time with his friends. But one day, as he turned in to the schoolyard, Jake passed a group of older students.
“Hey, kid with the ugly jacket!”, one said to him. “Anything good in your backpack? Like food? Money?” Jake was suddenly dragged behind a big tree. One boy pulled off his backpack. Another held him down as the rest of the gang went through his backpack, taking his lunch and bus pass. They ran off laughing, saying “See ya tomorrow. Have your mom pack you a bigger lunch next time!”
Jake felt scared. He wanted to help, but felt if he told someone, the boys might beat him up. So, he decided to contact BullyingCanada and ask them what he should do.
BullyingCanada is available 24/7 to help kids like Jake who are being bullied. They provide sensible advice and get involved to make sure bullied kids get the help they need to feel safe and happy again.
Jake got up the courage to contact BullyingCanada before going to bed that night. Someone answered his call within a minute.
A kind volunteer listened to Jake and asked him some questions. She encouraged him to talk to his homeroom teacher or school guidance counsellor and tell them what happened. She also reminded him that he wasn’t alone and that he had the right to feel safe at school.
Jake felt better, and the next day, he avoided the boys by taking another way into the school, and he went straight to his teacher. The teacher asked who had done this to him, and said she’d help him out. Later that day, Jake noticed his teacher taking all mean boys to the principal’s office. After that, the boys left him — and other kids at school — alone.
Jake felt relieved and was very glad BullyingCanada taught him how to take action and make his school a safer place for everyone.
Inspired by the work of BullyingCanada, Jake bravely helped other kids when he saw them getting bullied. When he didn’t know how to help, he told them what he had learned — that they were not alone — and to call BullyingCanada.
If Jake can ask for help, so can you!
Years later, Jake never forgot the help he got from BullyingCanada, and how he could follow their advice to help other bullied kids. He wanted to do more, and now, he is a BullyingCanada volunteer for a few hours a week.
Jake got training on how to handle all kinds of bullying and helps kids come up with solutions to get their bullies to leave them alone. He even talks to their parents and teachers, to bring in additional help for bullying victims. He gives kids hope they’ll be safe again when he tells them that he was bullied too, and BullyingCanada helped him when he was young.
It's not a fun game or a cool way to impress your friends. In fact, it's quite the opposite.
Bullying is when someone repeatedly tries to hurt or humiliate another person on purpose. It can be physical, like hitting, pushing or tripping someone, or it can be verbal, like calling someone mean names, spreading rumours, or making fun of someone's appearance, religion, or culture.
Bullying can happen at school, on the playground, in your neighbourhood, through texting, or even online. And l let me tell you, it's never a laughing matter. Bullying can cause serious harm to the person being bullied, both physically and emotionally. It can make them feel sad, scared, lonely, sick, or even depressed.
Bullying is never okay. Here are some steps you can take to stop the bullying:
Remember, you have the right to feel safe and respected. If the bullying doesn't stop, don't give up. And don’t feel bad about asking for help!
Bullying is never okay, and if you see someone being bullied, you can make a big difference by taking action! Here are some things you can do to help:
Remember, standing up to bullies is not always easy, but it's the right thing to do. If you ever need help or support, don't be afraid to reach out to a trusted adult or BullyingCanada. And if you're ever the one being bullied, remember that it's not your fault and there are people who can help you.
It's when someone uses technology, like a phone or computer, to hurt or embarrass someone else.
For example, someone might text you mean messages or post hurtful or threatening comments about you on social media. Cyberbullying can also include spreading false rumours about you or posting embarrassing pictures or videos online without your permission.
Cyberbullying can be really hurtful because it can be public, and it can happen anytime. The bully doesn’t have to be near you to be mean. It can scary because you may feel like you can’t get away from your bully.
You have the right to be treated with respect and kindness, both in person and online. If someone is being mean to you online, it's not your fault and you don't have to put up with it.
Remember, you have the right to feel safe and respected. If the cyberbullying doesn't stop, don't give up. And don’t feel bad about asking for help!
Remember, the internet can be a great place to have fun and learn new things, but it's important to stay safe while you're online. If you ever have any questions or concerns, don't be afraid to talk to a trusted adult or ask BullyingCanada for advice!
If you're worried that you might be a bully, it's important to take a step back and think about your actions. Here are some things you can do to stop and make things right:
Remember, it's never too late to make a change and do the right thing. If you're worried that you might be a bully, take action now. You have the power to change the way you treat people, and make a positive difference in the lives of others.