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Take a stand against
cyberbullying Cyberbullying is witnessed by most people who spend time
online, yet one element of a solution may have been overlooked: the bystander. We all see them – the insults and name calling at the end of
a news story, a blog post, or on online forums; cruel emails and texts; the posting of embarrassing photos on Facebook groups; and online gossiping are all examples of cyberbullying. Kids Help Phone wants to increase the efforts to raise aware- ness of the issue of cyberbullying and stop peer cruelty, and mo- bilize bystanders to take a stand since this can be an effective solution to reduce bullying. Kids Help Phone is inviting everyone – youth and adults – to stand up to cyberbullying by updating their Facebook status, email signatures, Twitter feeds – any of the preferred vehicles of e-communications – with the message I will not tolerate hurt- ful comments online. Cyberbullying will be reported to site ad- ministrators. Join me in taking a stand. A September Statistics Canada study reveals that about 1 in 10 adults reported that a child aged 8 to 17 living in their house- hold had been a victim of cyber-bullying. A recent Kids Help Phone survey asked kids if they had been cyberbullied: 65% said yes.
In another independent Kids Help Phone online survey, 35 per cent of kids said they witness bullying on a daily basis, includ- ing at school, after school, and online. While research indicates 85% of bullying incidents are wit- nessed by other students, bystanders try to stop the bullying only 11% to 22% of the time;studies have shown that bullying stops within 10 seconds more than half of the time when someone in- tervenes. Contrary to popular belief, children who witness a bullying in- cident do not play a neutral role. Research suggests that by- standers may actually encourage and perpetuate the bullying problem; this occurs either directly, through actively joining in the bullying, or indirectly, by not taking a stand against the bul- ly.
Research also suggests that witnessing their peers endure
verbal or physical abuse can also cause distress in the by- stander.
As one becomes brave enough to stand up to bullying, oth- ers will find the courage to do the same. Kids Help Phone in- vites everyone to be part of a new social dynamic. "Empowering kids to stand up to bullying is not easy," says Shannon Freud, professional counsellor at Kids Help Phone. "We receive many calls from young people worried about los- ing their social standing or becoming targets themselves. But bystanders have power, and reminding kids that they have a choice can help build kids' self-confidence and self-respect to stand up for what they believe is right." Kids Help Phone's professional counsellors are available for media interviews to talk about this anti-cyberbullying campaign and provide information and tips about all types of bullying.
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