The Family Resource Center is hosting its anti-bullying conference, “Take a Stand,” at the George Town library Wednesday, Oct. 15.
In observation of Bullying Awareness Month this October, local experts want people to know that there is more to bullying than just teasing.
The free conference, which is open to the public, aims to educate parents on how to protect children from the effects of bullying. Topics to be discussed at the conference include cyber bullying, family bullying/sibling bullying, understanding differences between good teasing and bad teasing, and how to stand up to bullying. LIME staff will also be on hand for computer safety and cyber bullying prevention sessions.
“We encourage everyone to be part of the solution and look towards helping each other and become upstanders in our community. The Family Resource Centre will be hosting several activities for the month of October, which aims to educate the public on how to protect children from the effects of bullying, and to unite communities,” said Charmaine Miller of the Family Resource Centre.
The conference will run from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., and refreshments will be available. Pre-registration is required.
The Family Resource Centre’s program coordinator, Miriam Foster, said, “It is very easy to disconnect virtually and forget that there is a human being on the other side of that [computer] screen. Social media is meant to be about connection, not about disconnecting and causing harm to others. As parents, we need to stress the importance of cyber etiquette and encourage our children to be cyber brave and stand up to others or report inappropriate conduct. We all have a part to play.”
The event precedes “International Stand Up to Bullying Day,” observed in Cayman by wearing pink or black on Friday, Oct. 17. Organizations, companies and schools are encouraged to wear pink “STOOD UP” T-shirts and take a visible, public stance against bullying by posting photos on their Facebook pages. Shirts are available for sale at the Family Resource Centre – $10 for adults and $5 for children.
“Stand up to Bullying Day … is celebrated worldwide and it’s a way in which we can promote awareness against bullying, which is a serious issue within our community,” said Ms. Miller.
For more information call the Family Resource Center at 949-0006.
Silent Witness March
A separate event, the 14th annual Silent Witness March, is slated for Saturday, Oct. 18, starting at noon at the Government Administration Building in George Town. The march is staged by the Business and Professional Women’s organization in honor of those who have suffered from domestic violence or bullying. Organizations are welcome to walk with their club banners during the march.
Following this, speakers will share their personal stories on bullying. Individuals will also get the chance to paint tiles as part of the Peace Wall that the Family Resource Centre is hoping to erect by next year. Ms. Foster also urged parents to use the month as a good opportunity to talk with their children about bullying and their online experiences.
The “Take a Stand conference” will take place at the George Town from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Pre-registration is required.