#PinkShirtDay at DASH BC

Yesterday, February 28th, 2018, was Pink Shirt Day. Our DASH BC team, along with countless other individuals in BC and across Canada, wore pink yesterday in support of the anti-bullying movement. Check out our photo here!

The theme of Pink Shirt Day this year was cyberbullying. You can learn more about cyberbullying on the Pink Shirt Day website, on the ERASE Bullying website, and on the MediaSmarts website.

This Pink Shirt Day, DASH BC had the opportunity to attend an event hosted by YWCA Metro Vancouver and Hootsuite. The event, entitled “#Cyberbullying: Understanding its Connection with Race and Gender”, explored how race and gender are connected to cyberbullying and featured individuals coming together to discuss the causes, effects, and themes surrounding cyberbullying. Find out more about the event here.

At the event, we had the chance to listen to a panel discussion featuring youth advocates and experts in the field as well as participate in an interactive dialogue session to come up with ideas for solutions for change. We discussed how to create a more respectful online culture, how to model respectful behaviours in our everyday lives to inspire others to be respectful as well, how to help people come forward about being cyberbullied, how to empower bystanders to stand up to cyberbullying, and. We discussed the following questions:

  • How do we build a more respectful and compassionate online culture?
  • What are some things we can do when we witness someone being targeted online?

What do you think of the above questions and how would you answer them? Tell us below or send in your thoughts to our Twitter page or our Facebook page or send us an email. We look forward to hearing your insights and ideas!

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