Every student in B.C. deserves to learn in a respectful, safe, and healthy environment. All schools in B.C. are working hard to address and respond to bullying, cyberbullying and worrisome behaviours, including:
– physical bullying (e.g., pushing/shoving, slapping, tripping, stealing, spitting, pinching, destroying someone’s possessions, and dating aggression)
– verbal bullying (e.g., insults, name-calling, comments about how you look or talk, threats, sexual harassment and ethno-culturally based comments)
– social bullying (e.g., gossiping, rumours, ignoring, mobbing, group humiliation, not including someone in group activities)
– cyber bullying (threatening emails or texts and cyber stalking, derogatory posts on websites, blogs, statuses or walls, fake profiles on social networking sites intended to harm, distributing an intimate image of someone else, posting a humiliating photo or video, and flaming – using abusive and vulgar language to start a fight)
As part of the Expect Respect and a Safe Education (ERASE) strategy, there is an online reporting tool available to students and parents who have undergone or witnessed bullying or other worrisome behaviours. If you would prefer seeking support over the phone, call the Kids Help Phone free telephone service at 1-800-668-6868 (available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week across Canada).
You can also talk to your school’s counsellor or a teacher, if you would prefer. Each school district also has a designated Safe School Coordinator who is responsible for district safety issues and responding directly to each report.
Students, parents, school staff and the community need to work together to create a safe and respectful environment in our schools.
Read on for more information about B.C.’s Erase Bullying Strategy.