Bullying Awareness & Prevention Week November 18-22, 2013

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Dear Colleagues,

This week, the Peel District School Board joins all schools in Ontario as we launch Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week. In Peel, our theme is "Choose Action", to prevent and intervene in bullying.

Kids Help Phone reminds us that:
• 87% of Canadian students in Grades 8-10 report witnessing school bullying in the past year.
• 60% of the time, bullying stops in less than 10 seconds when bystanders intervene.
• Bullying makes everyone in a school or community feel less safe.
• Effects of bullying on bystanders can include depression, anxiety, changes in sleep patterns, and loss of interest in friends, family and hobbies. The more severe the bullying, the more severe the effect on witnesses too.

As such, it is important this week—and every week—that we express our collective opposition to bullying and choose action to raise awareness to prevent bullying in all of its many forms in our communities.

We know safe, inclusive and inclusive learning environments in schools are critical to inspiring success, confidence and hope in each student. I thank you for continuing to choose action at your schools and sites, this week and every week.

Tony Pontes

(email sent by Peel District School Board Director of Education Tony Pontes, November 17, 2013)

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Bullying Awareness Week

The Official hashtag will be #BAW2013

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