Bullying prevention and intervention
Bullying will not be tolerated on school property, at school-related activities, on school buses, or in any other circumstances where it could have a negative impact on the school climate. Every school has its own plan to deal with bullying, based on our Board’s Bullying Prevention and Intervention Plan. Visit the website of your child’s school to view its particular plan.
Understanding the definition
Bullying is typically a form of repeated and aggressive behaviour that is intended to cause fear and distress and/or harm to another person’s body, feelings, self-esteem, or reputation. It can take many forms: physical, verbal, social, written or electronic, also known as cyber-bullying. Bullying occurs in a context where there is a real or perceived power imbalance between the perpetrator and the victim. This is often based on factors such as size, strength, age, intelligence, economic or social status, religion, ethnic origin, gender, race, disability or the receipt of special education.
When you suspect your child is being bullied
It is important to listen to your children, and assure them that talking about their school environment is not tattling. When you child confides in you, speak first to their teacher. Review our policies and procedures to learn more about all of the resources we have available. You can also contact the school principal, or speak to a counselor. You will be provided with every opportunity to work with your school to make an effective plan to deal with bullying behaviour.
Where to get help
Further information can be found in Bullying, We Can all Stop It, a resource for parents by the Ontario Ministry of Education.