VICTORIA (November 18, 2019) – BC Liberal Mental Health and Addictions Critic Jane Thornthwaite has released the following statement on Bullying Awareness Week:
“Bullying Awareness Week marks the importance for every British Columbian to rally together to stand up against bullying at our schools, in our workplaces and in our communities.
“Bullying is not a new phenomenon, but today, bullies have new tools and networks through which they can harass. Cyberbullying has become a pervasive problem, especially for our youth. Studies have estimated that more than half of teens and adolescents have been bullied online, and one in three has been the target of cyber threats.
“We can all work together to make sure kids in schools and online feel safe and comfortable. Ensuring mental-wellness in children is key to preventing issues from becoming more serious into adulthood.
“Everyone, especially children, should be given the opportunity to be themselves and to be accepted. Let’s make sure everyone can feel safe at school, at home, at work and online. Bullying ends here.”