World Day of Bullying Prevention
World Day of Bullying Prevention is commemorated on FIrst Monday of October. In 2018, it will be celebrated on October 1. Bullying is an act of using the superior strength or influence to threaten someone to do something. A common problem especially faced by the school children is Bullying. World Day of Bullying Prevention is celebrated to bring some form of awareness about the plight of your and others who experienced it.
“Bullying is killing our kids. Being different is killing our kids and the kids who are bullying are dying inside. We have to save our kids whether they are bullied or they are bullying. They are all in pain.” – Cat Cora
History of World Day of Bullying Prevention
The first Monday of October is the World Day of Bullying Prevention. It was established by David Shepherd and Travis Price for the first time. Since 2009, the day is observed as an awareness day against bullying. David Shepherd and Travis Price had created this day when they had seen a student Jadrien Cota who wore a pink shirt for the first day of school in 2007 was bullied. They bought and distributed 50 pink shirts on the next day as to stand against the bullying. It then spread around the world in no time. Gordon Campbell, the Premier of British Columbia had proclaimed a provincial anti-bullying day in 2008. It then continued to spread till 2012, when the United Nations took this celebration into an Anti-Bullying campaign globally. Various countries celebrate this day on different dates which however aims the same as this celebration.
Other Celebrations on October 1
October 1 is also celebrated as
- World Architecture Day
- International Coffee Day
- World Habitat Day
- International Day of Older Persons
- World Vegetarian Day
- National CD Player Day
How to Celebrate World Day of Bullying Prevention
Celebrating the World Day of Bullying Prevention is very simple. Stand against bullying from around you. Help those who are bullied by the offender. Tell about the causes of bullying to the offender and let him stop this act. Wear pink or blue shirt on this day to spread knowledge about the plight faced by the person being bullied. Teach your kids how to handle bullies. Post and share your celebration, views, and pictures on the social media using the hashtag #WorldDayofBullyingPrevention.