As a fifth grade teacher, bullying is something that I come into contact with on a regular basis. The statistics are downright alarming: The Canadian Safe Schools Network reported that “70% of reported bullying is because they either look or act differently – race, weight, height, clothing, and any physical, religious and sexual differences – can all play a part. Over half of all teens have had at least one negative social networking experience, while an alarming 33% of students who are bullied online, report symptoms of depression.”
Being a part of a junior high school, I can believe it.
I know that as a mother, it will one day affect my children too. As an adult, we sometimes disregard bullying as immature kids just “being mean.” But then I have to take myself back to when I was young, and remember how intense those emotions felt to me. It can be all-cosuming. Cyber bullying has taken it to a whole new and terrifying level.
And you, my readers are AWESOME. You check out my blog to learn about new trends so I’m so happy to be able to do a little bit of good by spreading the word about a cause that we all feel strongly about. Let’s use the bullying outlet of social media to raise awareness. Our goal is to create buzz, get people to #StandTogether against bullies and no longer be tolerant of it!
So the socks. For every pair of socks purchased, YoSox will donate a portion of the proceeds to Canadian Safe School Network to help fund new anti-bullying programs for youth and to promote wellness. I love their cause and their mission and I’m so proud to actually be a part of it. I can’t think of a more meaningful way to outfit my feet.
Get your Stand Together socks at: www.yo-sox.ca/pages/standtogether
And for all my teacher friends, check out some great resources for the classroom!
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