Bullying awareness and prevention week: Nov. 17-23
Words are powerful – how will you use yours?
Ontario has designated Nov. 17-23 Bullying awareness and prevention week. The Prep recognizes the week with a focus on ‘The Power of Language’. We explore how the language we use (both verbal or non-verbal) can have an impact on others.
In Health & Life Skills classes we talk about the differences between everyday conflicts, friendly teasing and bullying. “Bullying is defined as 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.” Ontario Ministry of Education website.
We review what students can do if they witness or experience bullying and continue to work on the problem-solving skills we all need to be able to manage day-to-day conflicts. Part of this is recognizing that one’s intent in an interaction may be different from one’s actual impact and so it is important to always be mindful of what we say and what we do.
For more information about bullying and how parents can help their children: