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Saturday March 24, 2018


Stand up for people who are bullied.

Bullying is aggressive behaviour that is typically repeated over time. It is meant to cause harm, fear or distress or create a negative environment at school for another person. Bullying occurs in a situation where there is a real or perceived power imbalance.

Bullying can take many forms. It can be:

physical – hitting, shoving, damaging or stealing property

verbal – name calling, mocking, or making sexist, racist or homophobic comments

social – excluding others from a group or spreading gossip or rumours about them

written – writing notes or signs that are hurtful or insulting

electronic- spreading rumours and hurtful comments through the use of e-mail, cell phones and on social media sites.

The survey, of more than 10,000 young people aged 12 to 20, suggested that cyber-bullying is widespread, with nearly 70% of youngsters admitting to being abusive towards another person online and 17% claiming to have been bullied online.

Cyber-bullying continues to be one of the biggest challenges facing young people. Not only is the internet redefining the climate of bullying, but also it is having clear impacts upon the identity, behaviours and personality of its young users. Principals are required to address cyber-bullying if it has an impact on the school climate. For example, if the student is being bullied and is embarrassed as a result of an email message that was sent about him or her to other students in the school, he or she may not want to attend school. Regardless of its form, bullying is unacceptable.

Those children who are victimized, bully other children, or both, are at risk for many emotional, behavioural, and relationship problems. They will require support from adults to help them develop healthy relationships, not only in school but throughout their lives.

Stand up for people who are bullied. Bullies often want an audience and approval. ...

Take an anti-bullying pledge. ...

Take action. ...

Talk to other kids. ...

Talk to your teachers or principal. ...

Talk to your parents or guardians. ...

Speak up! ...

Get creative.

It also promotes the development of healthy relationships. Healthy relationships involve respectful interactions between people, whether face-to-face or online. The goal is to help ensure that all students have healthy, safe, respectful and caring relationships with everyone in their lives.

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