Saturday, April 10, 2010

Pink Shirt Day...

What is Pink Shirt Day you ask? Last year a few of us wore shirts after Lawless McBride posted about it in his blog here. It was a small dithering of us and we swore that this year we would make it bigger. December Dollinger being the goddess that she is took it upon herself to do just that! And so we have "Pink Shirt Day" 2010 in Second Life!

Bullying happens when someone scares or hurts another person on purpose, physically, mentally, or emotionally. Usually, this happens on a repeat basis - the victim being attacked over and over, and unable - or afraid - to defend themselves.

Bullying can include physical violence, spreading bad rumors, purposefully excluding another person from a group or activity, teasing in a mean or inappropriate way, or even gathering others to "gang up" on others.

Cyberbullying happens electronically. This can include some of the categories of normal bullying, but can also include posting nasty rumors, pictures, or messages about others on blogs, forums, or other websites, or using another's name to pose as them and spread rumors about them via the internet.

YOU can make a difference! If you see someone being bullied and do nothing about it, you are just as guilty as the bully themselves. Turning a blind eye to any kind of abuse is only enabling the abusers to continue harming others. Speak up! Stand up! The more people who are willing to stand up for what they believe in, the less power the bullies will have to abuse and control others.

So, please, take a a stand against bullying, in your First and Second Life. Bullying is not something only felt by school-aged children, but by millions of people worldwide - of all ages, genders, knows no limits.

Until now. WE can be that limit.

For more information on bullying and prevention, please visit:

Cupcakes and Poetry provided the adorable shirt I am wearing in the picture above. You can grab it here and it comes packaged in that wonderful cupcake you see up there. Their store is totally cute and if you haven't been you are in for a treat! (no pun intended) They also have the sign in that picture for purchase if you are interested. Please help support this awesome cause and spread the word!

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