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Toronto Catholic District School Board

Bully Awareness Prevention

 

 

Bullying Awareness and Prevention for All Saints
“Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.  And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body.”
Colossians 3: 14-15
 
Ontario Provincial Definition of Bullying:
Bullying is typically a form of repeated, persistent, aggressive behaviour that is directed at an individual(s) that is intended to cause (or should be known to cause) fear, distress and/or harm to another person’s body, feelings, self-esteem, reputation or property.  This behaviour creates a negative environment at the school for the victim(s). Bullying occurs in a context where there is a real or perceived power imbalance.  Bill 212, PPM144
Bullying is not impulsive aggression toward another student, nor is it synonymous with conflict.
Creating a Caring and Safe School Climate
·         Infuse Gospel values through formal programs and teachable moments
o   Religious Education and Family Live program along with other curriculum opportunities
o   Monthly Virtues e.g. Hospitality, Love, Forgiveness
o   Catholic Graduate Expectations e.g. Responsible Citizen, Caring Family Member
o   Daily morning announcements e.g. Virtue quotes
o   Teachers and support staff continuously model and reinforce expected behaviour
·         A system has been established to report bullying in a safe and confidential manner
o   Child and Youth Work
o   Social Worker/Guidance Councilor
o   Teachers and Administration
o   Trusted, caring adult within the school e.g. Caretaker, secretaries, etc.
·         Delivering a formal/informal bullying awareness and prevention program that identifies the specific behaviours associated with bullying; teaches a variety of safe and assertive responses
o   Organized events e.g. Stay Driven presentation; International Day of Pink
o   Day-to-day conversations with students as the need arises
·         Safe and Caring Catholic School Climate surveys to be completed by all Grade 6 and Grade 8 students (student voice)
It Will Only Work if We All Work Together
What students can do
·         All students must treat each other with respect and be inclusive e.g. No Put Downs, welcoming each other into your games/activities
·         Make a commitment to treat others as they want to be treated
·         Learn strategies for intervening in challenging situations
·         ASK FOR HELP
·         Reporting bullying is not ratting or snitching but a responsible action R.A.T. – Right Action Taken
·         How Families Can Help
·         Be Calm
·         Listen carefully to what your child is saying
·         Encourage your child to seek help from another trusted adult and friends
·         Model assertive behaviour rather than aggression as a way to manage conflict
·         Report concerns to the school and ask how you can work together to support your child
What All Saints Is Doing
·         We use the Safe School Climate Survey to help build a welcoming and inclusive environment
·         Collaborate with families to resolve bullying situations
·         Establish clear rules against bullying behaviour; this information is located at the front of the student’s agenda under Code of Conduct, as well as, in monthly newsletters
·         Apply consequences following All Saint’s Progressive Discipline plan
·         Access TCDSB services and community based supports e.g. outside agencies, presentations, etc.
Resource:
·         www.bullying.org
·         www.canadiansafeschool.com
·         www.cyberbullying.ca
·         www.needhelpnow.ca

 

·         Bullying:  We Can All Help Stop It. Ministry of Education, 2009
 

 

On March 9, 2015, new legislation has come into effect to protect all ages of Canadians from on-line cyberbullying and exploitation on the internet. Named the “Protecting Canadians from Online Crime Act”, the new law stands up for victims band helps law enforcement officials better protect our students.
A website has been created by the Canadian Centre for Child Protection to help youth who are being exploited by providing guidance in how to deal with online blackmail. We encourage you to share this site with your students:  www.needhelpnow.ca