Bullying isn’t just a child’s issue; it’s a school and community issue, and must be addressed with a school and community solution.
Everyone has a role to play in promoting positive mental health and wellness, supporting students, positive social behaviour and preventing incidents like bullying. There needs to be an integrated approach to prevent, address and/or reduce bullying, by developing the right partnerships with schools, parents, community and police.
Students who feel safe and are free to develop in healthy ways are far less likely to be involved in inappropriate activities. Students who are learning and thriving take pride in themselves, their school, their accomplishments and the accomplishments of those they are connected to.
Setting a positive school climate and culture will help set the tone for a child’s learning. To do this, staff, parents and community must model behaviour and attitudes that are positive, respectful, fair and caring. This means creating a school climate that is equitable, inclusive, diverse, tolerant, respectful and accepting.
By doing this, we will move towards reaching our goal of making B.C.’s schools the most inclusive in the world.
Here are some things you should do, if you’re being bullied:
- Write down what happened. Record the date, time, and as many details as you can about the situation. Ask yourself these questions:
- Who was there? Make a special note of the bully, any other participants, and any witnesses that were around.
- What did they say to you?
- Did they physically hurt you?
- How did it make you feel?
- Where and when did it take place?
- What did you do / how did you respond?
- Tell your parents or another trusted adult (like your favourite teacher or coach) what happened, as soon as possible. They can support you. If you don’t get the support you need from them, tell someone else.
- If you don’t feel comfortable telling someone, then report it immediately using the anonymous online reporting tool.
- Report the bullying or harassment every time, until you get help or until it stops.
- Report all issues to a counselor, teacher, support staff, or the administration.
- Look to your friends for support – but don’t ask them to fight your bully, or plan any acts of revenge. You can’t address bullying with violence.
- If it is safe to do so, stand up for yourself by telling the person who is bullying or harassing you to stop it.
- Stick close to your friends and avoid being alone – your bully might be less likely to target you in a group.
- Make a formal complaint to the principal, your district’s safe school coordinator, or someone else in authority (i.e. your coach, club leader, etc. if it’s not a school-related incident).
- Find out what is going to happen – you want to make sure they are going to resolve your complaint.
- If you’re feeling scared, angry, confused, etc. don’t be afraid to ask for counseling or other support. This is normal.
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