On February 24, we will be recognizing Pink Shirt Day! As a society, we are aware of the harmful effects of bullying on the mental health of both children and adults. Pink Shirt Day comes from heartwarming origins. When two teens saw a new, younger student being bullied for wearing a pink shirt, they sent out a message to all their contacts, went to a discount store and bought 50 pink tank tops, then handed them out the next day. In total, out of a school of 1,000 students, 850 wore pink shirts! They said that the look of relief on the younger boy’s face made it all worthwhile.
It grew from there. In 2012, The United Nations declared May 4th International Anti-Bullying Day. This story proves that one or two people taking action can affect positive change. The two teens made a difference in their peer’s life, and ultimately in the lives of so many kids and adults, who are not only receiving the message that bullying will not be tolerated but benefiting from funds raised to support anti-bullying initiatives around the world.
This year, Pink Shirt Day is taking a bit of a different angle on their shirts. They’re white. Why would an organization called “Pink Shirt Day'' decide to sell white shirts??? Good question. This year, they want to highlight the LGTBQ+ rainbow, as youth and adults who identify as part of that group are particularly susceptible to bullying. Because of this, the organizers decided on a pink rainbow against a white background, with the words “Lift each other up”.
At TCK, we take bullying seriously. COVID-19 has moved us to virtual learning, and with that comes issues of cyberbullying. We developed three new shows focused on cyberbullying and cyber safety for children of all ages. To learn more about our cyberbullying shows, please visit us online at www.theconcernedkids.com.