Speak Up, Stand Together, Stop Bullying

October 16th, 2020

Pink Shirt Day 2020 Friday 16 October!

Celebrated annually around the globe, Pink Shirt Day began in Canada in 2007 when two students took a stand against homophobic bullying, after a peer was bullied for wearing a pink shirt. In Aotearoa, Pink Shirt Day works to create schools, workplaces, communities and whānau where everyone feels safe, valued and respected. 

This October people across Aotearoa will come together to take action against bullying and fundraise to support the kaupapa. All staff at Silverstream Health Centre stand together to support this initiative.

Kōrero Mai, Kōrero Atu, Mauri Tū, Mauri Ora – Speak Up, Stand Together, Stop Bullying!

Kōrero Mai, Kōrero Atu – Speak Up

‘Kōrero Mai, Kōrero Atu’ means to speak up and speak out in reference to bullying. ‘Speak Up refers to having conversations with your friends, whānau, children, kaiako/teachers, tauira/students and wider communities to come up with ideas and strategies to address bullying. ‘Speak Up’ is also about asking for help when you need it. This can be scary, and sometimes the first person you ask can’t or won’t do anything to help you. Keep asking. Pink Shirt Day shows there are many people who care about supporting you.

Mauri Tū, Mauri Ora – Stand Together

‘Mauri Tū, Mauri Ora’ means to stand together in life and wellness. ‘Stand Together’ refers to how bullying behaviour is influenced by the actions and values of friends, whānau, schools, kura, workplaces and whole communities. Real change happens when we Stand Together, sending a strong message that there is no place for bullying in Aotearoa. Bullying often makes people feel alone, but Pink Shirt Day shows that many people care. Many people want to play their part in making Aotearoa a safe, welcoming and respectful place for everyone, regardless of age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, ability, or cultural background.

Stop Bullying

On Pink Shirt Day, look out on the sea of pink and know that together we can Stop Bullying!

Types of Bullying

Bullying comes in many forms. It occurs repeatedly and is a way for the perpetrator to show their power. Whether the bullying is verbal, physical, relational, or cyberbullying, the results are detrimental.

  • Verbal bullying involves spoken words. The person may threaten or call names. They may use disrespectful language toward family, friends, or specifically aimed at their target.
  • Physical bullying is aggression in the form of hitting, kicking, pushing, or any unwanted touch.
  • Relational bullying involves purposely excluding someone from activities, groups, or events through social tactics.
  • Cyberbullying includes using social media, texts, and the internet to spread rumors, lies, or mean messages about a person.

Each type of bullying may have similar effects on the targeted person. They may withdraw even from their family or become mysteriously ill often. It’s essential to keep an open line of communication with children and students. Encourage students to participate in activities outside the home, too. Teach children the appropriate use of the internet, social media, and text. While having daily discussions with family members about their day, share information on setting boundaries. Teach them the behavior you expect them to display, how to treat others and provide a role model of the same.