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Geraldine Primary School children take part in a previous Pink Shirt Day. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

by Greta Yeoman

Pink Shirt Day returns on Friday, May 18.

The day, for which people are encouraged to wear pink in support of anti-bullying, has been picked up by several South Canterbury schools.

Timaru Boys’ High School rector Nick McIvor said the school, which took part last year, was “definitely up for it again”.

Other schools that took part last year included Timaru Christian School, Geraldine High School, Waimataitai School and Mackenzie College.

Mr McIvor said the day was a good chance to promote the anti-bullying and positive behaviour messages the school supported.

“[It is] very worthwhile as a focus.”

The school would have a “bit of fun” with the day as well, he said.

“It really .. fits well with school activities around encouraging and fostering good behaviour.”

As bullying has shifted from the playground to social media and cellphones, internet safety organisation Netsafe advises of a range of options for those dealing with cyberbullying.

Cyberbullying can take a range of forms, including name-calling online, repeated unwanted online messages, people spreading rumours or lies, posting embarrassing pictures, videos or other media and creating fake social media accounts to harass people.

Netsafe advises those dealing with bullying to not reply to any messages or harassment, but to talk to a trusted friend or whanau member or contact a helpline, and to take screenshots of the bullying in case evidence is needed at a later date.

People can block numbers or social media accounts of people bullying them and are also advised to report the harassment. They can also contact Netsafe for help.