From November 22-26 we recognize Bullying Prevention and Awareness Week. At Bayview Glen P.S., it is important that we provide a caring, safe and inclusive environment that supports the academic achievement and well-being of all students. This week serves as a reminder to our school community about bullying and how to respond. During this week students will engage in learning activities that reinforce positive behaviours that respond to and prevent bullying.
Bullying is a form of repeated, persistent and aggressive behaviour directed at an individual or individuals that is intended to cause (or should be known to cause) fear and distress and/or harm to another person’s body, feelings, self-esteem or reputation. Bullying occurs in a context where there is a real or perceived power imbalance.
Bullying can take many forms. Some include:
- Physical – hitting, shoving, stealing or damaging property
- Verbal – name calling, mocking, or making sexist, racist or homophobic comments
- Social – excluding others from a group or spreading gossip or rumours about them
- Electronic (commonly known as cyberbullying) – spreading rumours and hurtful comments through the use of cellphones, e-mail, text messaging and through social media
Bullying is never acceptable at our school. All members of our school community are encouraged to stand up and support each other. Should there be concerns about bullying or if you have any questions please contact us. You can also report events that happen at school, at school-related activities, online or off school property if they negatively affect a student or the school climate through YRDSB’s Report It tool on the homepage of our school’s website or on www.yrdsb.ca.
Want to know more about bullying? Many resources for families are available including PREVNet’s (a Canadian authority on promoting relationships and eliminating violence) The Difference Between Teasing and Bullying and Bullying Prevention Tip Sheets. Media Smarts (a Canadian non-profit) has a guide to support parents in understanding, responding, and avoiding cyberbullying as well as a tip sheet for Promoting Ethical Online Behaviours with Your Kids.
Working together, we can nurture a safe, respectful and inclusive school community.