On Pink Shirt Day at NOW we’re reflecting on what we can do to prevent bullying. We’ve always been inspired by the origins of Pink Shirt Day, when two brave boys distributed pink shirts to stand up for a new kid who had been picked on for wearing a pink shirt to school.
As a parent what I’ve learned is that there isn’t One Big Bully out there on the schoolyard menacing my child. The bully is in all of us. It’s a culture in which it’s a sport to ridicule and make fun of others. Where we teach way too much about aggression and violence. And how to solve problems through yelling and fighting. As a parent of young children I am constantly up against my own failings, and a wider culture built on exclusion, aggression and just plain being mean. (more…)