Schools to stress the importance of bullying awareness and prevention
November 14, 2022
From November 21 to the 25, the Upper Grand District School Board will be participating in Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week (BAPW). During BAPW students, staff and guardians are encouraged to learn more about bullying and its effects on student learning and well-being. Each school will be doing its part to stress the importance of bullying awareness and prevention to its staff and students.
It is the UGDSB’s mission to create and encourage school climates that promote a healthy and inclusive relationship between staff and students, make students and staff feel safe and encourage positive leaders in our school community and outside of it.
In many incidents of bullying, there are common players: the one doing the bullying, the one being bullied, or the bystander.
In many incidents a child who is being bullied may not want to speak up out of fear. A child who is being bullied may act out in different ways; they may refuse to go to school or tell you they’re sick on school days, they may be withdrawn in certain social situations where they usually are engaged, or they may suddenly begin to lose clothes or personal items.
A child who may be bullying others may be doing so at home and at school, this may look like aggressive behaviour toward others, lack of empathy toward others, or not getting along with others.
There are two main types of bystander, those who do not support bullying behaviour but ignore when a bullying incident occurs and does not report it, and there are those who do support the bullying behaviour either overtly or covertly.
A child may not report a bullying incident out of fear of consequence of what may happen next. The UGDSB has an online bullying reporting tool, where an individual can anonymously report a bullying incident. The form covers where and when the incident occurred, who was involved and what type of bullying occurred: physical, verbal, cyber and emotional.
For a parent/caregiver who is dealing with a bullying incident there are many resources on the UGDSB website to support you and your child/ren.
Resources and Links:
- UGDSB Bullying Prevention, Intervention and Reporting
- UGDSB Bullying Prevention Plan
- Identity Based Harm and / or Bullying Reporting Tool
- Promoting Relationships & Eliminating Violence
- Canadian Safe Schools Network
- Kids Help Phone
- Pink Day
- Bullying Prevention
- Bullying Canada for supports and resources