May 16, 2016
We're all different, and that's what makes us great, right?
I know we'd all like to think this statement is true, but the fact is 70% of children are bullied because of these differences. Whether it be due to race, height, weight, the clothing they wear, or religious views, bullying is real and the sad truth is that it is increasing every year.
The facts are astounding, and you probably don't need me to list them off. We see it everyday-- at work (hello, corporate bullying), on the streets, and now there is also the bullying we may not necessarily see; cyberbullying. Cyberbullying is just as prominent, especially with the rise of social media channels and outlets. It's hard to escape the negative comments especially when coming from behind a computer screen. And for young, innocent kids the comments are not only painful to hear, but have devestating consequences like depression, self-harm, and even suicide. This is not okay, and I'm happy to be a part of a new campaign to put an end to this.
The Canadian Safe Schools Network is a not-for-profit organization aiming to bring an end to youth violence and help every child flourish and grow into the beautiful, unique individuals that they are. Their new "Stand Together" campaign launched on May 11th (you may have seen my snap chats from the event) as a way to make schools safer, generate awareness of the harsh realities, and ultimately put an end to bullying and cyberbullying.
The CSSN has teamed up with YoSox, the Toronto based colourful and fun sock designer, to celebrate uniqueness, raise awareness of this campaign and make a difference. The 4 pairs of colourful socks are being sold with a portion of the proceeds going to The Canadian Safe Schools Network anit-bullying programs. Bonus-- the socks are so fun and ridiculously soft and comfortable. Get out those oxfords, roll up your pant legs, and show off these babies with pride! The socks are also being sold at Hudson's Bay! Stand together with us, would you? Supporting local initiatives, local companies, and putting and end to the horror of bullying awaits you.
Buy your socks and learn more about the Stand Together campaign.