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Toronto Catholic District School Board

 
Ontario Ministry of Education
Safe and Accepting Schools
 
"...and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?"   Micah 6:8
 
The Ontario government is committed to a safe and inclusive school environment. Safe schools are needed for student success and academic achievement.
 
Definition of Bullying
For the purposes of policies on bullying prevention and intervention, school boards must use the following definition of bullying, given in subsection 1(1) of the Education Act: 
 
“bullying” means aggressive and typically repeated behaviour by a pupil where, 
(a) the behaviour is intended by the pupil to have the effect of, or the pupil ought to know that the behaviour would be likely to have the effect of, 
(i) causing harm, fear or distress to another individual, including physical, psychological, social or academic harm, harm to the individual’s reputation or harm to the individual’s property, or (ii) creating a negative environment at a school for another individual, and 
(b) the behaviour occurs in a context where there is a real or perceived power imbalance between the pupil and the individual based on factors such as size, strength, age, intelligence, peer group power, economic status, social status, religion, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, family circumstances, gender, gender identity, gender expression, race, disability or the receipt of special education; 
 
Bullying 
(1.0.0.1) For the purposes of the definition of “bullying” in subsection (1), behaviour includes the use of any physical, verbal, electronic, written or other means. 
 
Cyber-bullying 
(1.0.0.2) For the purposes of the definition of “bullying” in subsection (1), bullying includes bullying by electronic means (commonly known as cyber-bullying), including, 
(a) creating a web page or a blog in which the creator assumes the identity of another person; (b) impersonating another person as the author of content or messages posted on the internet; and 
(c) communicating material electronically to more than one individual or posting material on a website that may be accessed by one or more individuals.
 
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