Cyber-bullying is a phrase that has crept into our vocabulary over the last decade. According to Statistics Canada, about 1 in 10 adults living in a household with children reported a child victim of cyber-bullying. According to the most recent statistics, the most common forms of cyber-bullying against children are threatening or aggressive e-mails or instant messages. Girls are more likely than boys to be bullied on the Internet and 12 and 13-year-olds are the most common victims.
This is why BCIT Journalism is teaming up with high school students from Burnaby North Secondary for the launch of Stand up. Speak out.
On Wednesday, February 29th, BCIT Journalism students will be recording high school students on camera as they share their experiences with bullying in their own words. The event marks the beginning of the Stand up. Speak out online video campaign against cyber-bullying.
Phil Byrne is the head of the Visual Arts and Media program at Burnaby North. “Bullying is such a major problem,” he says, “It causes so much pain and it’s needless and it will continue until you point it out.”