Think Before You Click. Go Purple Against Bullying 10.17.2013
We love to text, chat and share using our computers, mobile devices or social media sites. How did we ever live without instantaneous communication that is now prevalent and expected in family and friend gatherings, school assignments and business projects? The benefits of being able to transmit words, images, videos and information at anytime to anyone across the globe are marvelous efficiency, collaboration and knowledge.
Despite the technological advances, information shared through electronic technology can still be used to cyberbully or intentionally be aggressive against someone. No one is immune to unwanted bullying or cyberbullying. Bullying could simply be due to a person’s actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, social economic status or other factors.
National statistics indicated by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services on its stopbullying.gov website show:
- 6% of students in grades 6-12 have experienced cyberbullying.
- 16% of high school students (grades 9-12) have been electronically bullied.
- Whereas, 55.2% of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students have experienced cyberbullying.
- Middle school students have experienced name calling (44.2%), pushing (32.4%) or threats (27.4%).
- Only 20% to 30% of students who are bullied will notify an adult about the aggression.
Given these statistics, many educators and schools observe October as Bullying Prevention Awareness Month, where programs, events and activities raise understanding of the negative effects bullying behavior has on youths’ school attendance, morale, ability to study and safety. The awareness efforts also focus on the positive vision that safe school environments foster healthy youth, greater academic achievement and better future workers.
FedEx is committed to a safe and healthy work environment. The workplace violence prevention awareness campaign at FedEx places emphasis on “keeping our work environment free from violence, threats of violence, harassment, bullying, intimidation and other disruptive behavior.” Also, the FedEx Code of Business Conduct and Ethics prohibits the use of company computers and electronic resources to “access, send or download any information that may constitute harassment or bullying or that could reasonably be viewed as threatening, intimidating, violent, malicious, obscene or discriminatory to employees, customers or vendors.”
This will be the second year FedEx employees voluntarily participate in wearing purple or “go purple” on Spirit Day, Thursday, October 17, along with millions of people in an effort to increase awareness against bullying of any child and targeted LGBT youth; support positive and healthy learning spaces; and help create a world in which diverse people are affirmed and respected for who they are.
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