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Anti Bullying Resources
Make Bullying Stop!
Tips for Students
- Bullying can be prevented before it starts. Understand what bullying behaviours are such as name-calling, unwelcome teasing or taunting, and then help others understand these are unacceptable behaviours.
- Recognize you have the right to be treated with respect and feel safe in your school and community. If this is not happening, talk to someone.
- Refuse to go along with bullying or harassment - youth who laugh or cheer only encourage the behaviour.
- Gather your friends to help speak out against bullying and harassment.
- Watch out for those being bullied, and tell a teacher or trusted adult if you see bullying happening.
- You can report bullying online, and so no one knows who reported.
Tips for Parents
- Get to know your children's friends and be involved in their school community.
- Discuss with your child or teenager examples of bullying he or she notices on television, in video games or in the neighbourhood. Help your child understand the consequences of bullying.
- Model appropriate behaviour by showing empathy for others, managing angry feelings and accepting differences.
- Watch your child for signs of changed behaviour, such as dropped grades, sleeplessness, anxiety, loss of appetite, angry outbursts or being sick in the morning.
- Notice if your child talks about dropping out of school for vague reasons, skips school, is unwilling or afraid to leave the house, or wants to change their route to school.
- Be aware if your child comes home with torn clothes, unexplained bruises, new clothes or other items, or money not accounted for.
In 2007, the Province of BC passed legislation requiring boards of education to have codes of conduct in all schools that include standards forappropriate school behaviour.In addition, curriculum for students from elementary to high school includes skills for the development of healthy relationships. Government remains committed to proclaiming Anti-Bullying Day each year.
More Anti-Bullying Resources
- Province of BC - ERASE Bullying
- Stop A Bully - anonymous reporting of bullying at a school
- Kids Help Phone
- Canadian Red Cross - Violence, Bullying and Abuse Prevention
- Crisis Centre's YouthInBC
- Ministry of Education Resources
- Ministry of Children & Family Development - Suicide Resources
- BC Safe Schools Strategy
- Pink Shirt Day
- Canada's Media Smarts on Cyberbullying
- SnapChat: A New Playground For Cyber Bullies
- Guide to Bullying Prevention