Posted July 2017 by Adriana

Be a Buddy, Not a Bully

How common is bullying? Approximately one in 10 children have bullied others and as many as 25% of children in grades four to six have been bullied. A 2004 study published in the medical Journal of Pediatrics found that about one in seven Canadian children aged 11 to 16 are victims of bullying. Studies have found bullying occurs once every seven minutes on the playground and once every 25 minutes in the classroom. In the majority of cases, bullying stops within 10 seconds when peers intervene, or do not support the bullying behaviour. Through leadership and positivity we can help create change. Together we can work to stop bullying.

Kurie Queck LLP is proud to be the 2017 title sponsor of Kamikaze Punishment’s “Be a Buddy, Not a Bully” program. The concept of the program is implementing team building atmosphere through the implementation of positive examples in children’s lives.  This is where the Buddy Board Program comes in. Children are challenged to do one nice thing a day for someone else.  The nice gesture can be for anyone, as long as they have made someone else’s day a little bit better because of their act of kindness.  When the children are spoken with each day, they discuss how they’ve helped someone, and not about how they got into trouble. For every act of kindness, children receive a sticker to put on the Buddy Board. This encourages the children to continue in their efforts to support one another, whether it be at school or at home.