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Members of the Safe Schools Action Teams from St. Gabriel Catholic School (Mr. Kwon, Ms. Della Mea, Grade 6 students) and Our Lady of Wisdom Catholic School (Mr. Kwon, Ms. Schmeing, Ms. Landriault, and Grade 8 students) attended this year’s anti-bullying symposium at Montecassino Convention Centre. It was a day of active listening, participation and serious reflection a propos the perils of cyberbullying, social media networks, texting and its effects, as presented by Detective Michelle Bond of the Toronto Police Services. A great deal of information was communicated about the dangers of using instant chat services that enable unregistered users to experience all manner of extortion and requests for inappropriate images and money and the availability of the site as tool for reporting of crimes related to cyberbullying.
Safe Schools Action Teams were delighted and entertained by the powerful performances of recording artist, Sacha Visagie and her messages of the effects of bullying behaviours and the need to stand up in the face of such behaviours. A dramatic presentation from the T.H.I.N.K. initiative of Cardinal Carter Academy for the Arts, showcasing an original dramatic rendering of the effects of cyberbullying on youth as part of their outreach campaign, the premiere of the Chairity project from the TCDSB Safe Schools Dept. and the free style soccer skills of Swirl solidified the message of action against bullying.