There is a sea of orange today in Shine offices across Australia - all in an effort to raise awareness of the three significant events happening today - National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence, Harmony Day and the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
Today is an important reminder of the need to say NO to bullying and violence and the importance of respecting everyone in our communities.
Did you know that one in four school students has experienced some level of bullying and 1 in 5 people are bullied at work?
According to Bullying. No Way, children and young people often don’t seek help when they are being bullied, because they are afraid that the bully might find out or that people won’t believe them.
The Bulling. No Way website has a variety of resources and facts for parents and children to help them deal with bullying. For example, if your child is being bullied, it’s important to stay calm and positive, talk with your child, report the bullying to the school, learn strategies to help deal with the bullying and chat about cyber safety.
This year, we are teaming up with the Parramatta Eels to stand up to bullying and violence. The Eels visited 80 schools throughout February to spread the #tacklebullying message.
And it’s not just school children who are affected by bullying. In a survey released late last year, findings showed that women were more likely to have been affected by bullying (44 per cent compared to 39 per cent) and work place harassment and discrimination (42 per cent compared to 38 per cent) than men.
If you or someone you know is the victim of bullying or violence, it’s time to stand up and say NO.
To find out who you can talk to, visit the the Bullying - No Way! website.
Or click for more information on Harmony Day.
Written by Shine Lawyers. Last modified: February 25, 2020.