Bullying Stops Here

The Road to End Bullying for all Students

Bullying Workshop

Saturday, Feb. 20th, 8:30am to Sunday, Feb. 21st, 4pm

252 Bloor Street West

Toronto, ON

Following the first staff meeting will be a workshop to highlight the Anti-Bullying Initiative for the school year. The workshop will present on preventative strategies that will help foster a safe and inclusive environment in the classroom and school. If you are unable to be present, there will be a handout available as a resource.

Shane Koyczan, Canadian Spoken Word Poet

Video: "To This Day..." is about the Shane Koyczan's experiences of bullying.

Warning: As inspiring as this video is, some strong language is used occasionally. Although in context, the warning is nonetheless warranted.

Shane Koyczan: "To This Day" ... for the bullied and beautiful

Bullying Impacts the Classroom

Effective bullying and cyberbullying prevention starts with the school philosophy. In addition, educational approaches to aggression and the consequences set for those behaviours are also huge pieces of the puzzle. A school stance against bullying must be clear, following the Ontario Ministry mandates and Ontario laws. However, it is important to note that lasting measure against bullying requires that it be addressed within every part of the education setting. This means that educators need to first understand why they have a huge role in partaking in the anti-bullying initiative.


Bullying is harmful to everyone whose environment it touches and teachers are no different. Our role as educators are mitigated when the students we are teaching can no longer learn in our environment because they are afraid. Fear impacts focus, inhibits learning and adds on stress. Constant fear such as those associated with cyberbullying, don't allow for the development of coping mechanisms for stress. Students essentially become emotionally drained and ill-equipped to deal with conflict.


This means that students require education in both the impact of bullying and the social skills in responding to it. It is not enough that students learn about it once or review. The education regarding bullying needs to be pervasive and multi-dimensional. Educating on all the factors that come into play in bullying (such as power, inequality, injustice, laws, safety, health, emotional impact and much) is very important. What this means for teachers is that they need to be equipped with strategies to prevent these behaviours to allow learning to take place safely.

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Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never harm me....Even nursery rhymes can be wrong.

In-School Preventative Strategies

There are numerous activities that teachers can utilize to support any of the anti-bullying initiative parts. Some examples of those activities are Story Swap, which is an empathy-building exercise. Story Swap allows students and teachers to share their stories, but from each others' perspective by reading anecdotal stories. In addition, it is important to play games that build assertiveness. Standing Up and What if games allow for students to practice their skills without actually being in those situations. These types of activities allow for students' voice to be heard as well. There numerous strategies and each school and teacher can accommodate and modify strategies to fit with their student body. Below are some strategies that support the anti-bullying initiatives.

RESOURCES

RESOURCES


Ontario Ministry of Education

PPM 144: https://www.edu.gov.on.ca/extra/eng/ppm/144.pdf

PPM 145: http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/parents/climate.html


Kids Help Phone: www.kidshelpphone.ca 1(800) 668-6868


Restorative Practices

International Institute for Restorative Practices. Retreived from: http://www.iirp.edu/what-is-restorative-practices.php


Lesson Support

http://www.publicsafety.gc.ca/cnt/rsrcs/pblctns/bllng-prvntn-schls/index-eng.aspx

This is the Government of Canada website on public safety, it details the stands and strategies for bullying in the school. Can be introduce as part of a lesson at the beginning of the school year.


Promoting a Positive School Climate: A Resource for Schools: http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/parents/resourcedoceng.pdf


International Institute for Restorative Practices. Retreived from: http://www.iirp.edu/what-is-restorative-practices.php


Stats Canada - http://www.statcan.gc.ca/start-debut-eng.html


RCMP - http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/cycp-cpcj/bull-inti/index-eng.htm


http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/parents/resourcedoceng.pdf : Promoting a Positive School Climate: A Resource for Schools


http://www.prevnet.ca/ - This is a comprehensive website that has an incredible wealth of information.


BOOKS

Willart, N. (2014). Educators Guide to Cyberbullying Addressing the Harm Caused by Online Social Cruelty.


Messitt, M. “Cyberbullying Happens in Code. Break It.” Teaching Tolerance.


Coloroso, B. (2010). The Bully, the Bullied, and the Bystander. Harper Collins


Bauman, Sheri. Cyberbullying: What Counselors Need to Know. Alexandria, VA: American Counseling Association, 2011. Print.


Campbell, Marilyn A. Cyber Bullying: An Old Problem in a New Guise? Australian Journal of Guidance and Counselling. Vol 15, Issue 01. July 2005, pp 68-76