Take a Stand. Lend a Hand
The Flag Shop is intentional in its commitment to make a positive difference in the communities where we live and work. The Flag Shop president, Susan Braverman literally grew up at The Flag Shop, as did her daughter, and the countless children of its employees over the last 40+ years. We have a soft spot for all children and recognize we have a collective social responsibility to take a tough stand against bullying.
Back in 2014, Grace Fenton, at the time a grade 7 student from Albert Mines, New Brunswick, won a PINK SHIRT DAY design contest. The Flag Shop recognized a unique opportunity to support anti-bullying efforts, by elevating public awareness and honouring Grace’s achievement. The design has a positive message which is easily understood and represents the importance of helping those who have a need. The flag was hoisted for the first time in 2014 and later that year, The Flag Shop was granted exclusive rights to use Grace’s design, supporting anti-bullying efforts across Canada.
Source: Grace Fenton
For The Flag Shop, this was a monumental achievement, which allowed us to create a full product line, as part of the collective effort to make a positive impact. With what we hope will be a universal symbol, proceeds from the sale of these products go back to Canadian organizations who work tirelessly to put an end to bullying.
Bullying is repeated aggressive behaviour where one person or group in a position of power deliberately intimidates or abuses someone with the intent to hurt them. Young people can be unkind to each other during adolescence as they learn social skills and grow into adults. While these interactions can be unpleasant, there is a clear distinction between conflict and bullying. Bullying includes all three of the following:
- Intentional – the behaviour is aggressive and is a deliberate attempt to hurt someone.
- Repeated – the behaviour involves aggressive actions targeting the same person over time.
- Imbalance of power – the bully exerts social or physical power over the victim.
Important Truth: Peers play a major role in bullying – by either stopping it or making it worse.
Children who are bystanders to bullying learn about the negative use of power and aggression in relationships. Through exposure over time, bullying behaviour can become “normal”. With a captive audience, a child who is bullying gets attention from peers, which leads to improved social status. When bystanders have the courage to take a stand and lend a hand, bullying ends quickly in most cases.
Solution: Bystanders can be heroes!
When children witness bullying, they need guidance and support to understand their social responsibility to take a stand and lend a hand. Adults can teach children to step in and be assertive. This action helps to shift the balance of power. If children do not feel safe to take a stand, they should be encouraged to report bullying incidents to an adult.
Important Truth: Reporting bullying is an effective way to stop the violence.
Bullying is about power and the abuse of power. Bully is not something that children can resolve without adult intervention. Once a bullying begins, attempts by the child to make it stop on their own are usually unsuccessful, and may even make the situation worse.
Solution: Children need to be encouraged to report bullying and must be given multiple options and strategies for reporting.
Responsible adults must let victims know they care about and want to know about a child’s experiences. Adults must also convey that it’s an adult’s job to make sure the bullying stops.
On some level, we’ve all seen the effects of bullying. At The Flag Shop, EVERYDAY is Anti-Bullying Day. And, the world needs more heroes! When you witness bullying, take a stand. Lend a hand.
Help protect our children, while raising heroes who lend a hand, in this important social cause!
Visit our anti-bullying website for eye-catching products that feature the winning logo design!