Posts tagged ‘Bullying’

10 tips for bullied students

On May 31, the PREVNet blog included an item titled Help! I’m being bullied at school… The author, Lavina Sadhwani,  provided 10 ideas to help students manage the bullying and feel safe, they are:

  1. Share your feelings with a friend you trust.
  2. Ask a friend to hang out with you
  3. Tell a trusted teacher what is happening
  4. Tell your parent(s) about what is happening at school
  5. Inform your principal about what is happening
  6. Document the bullying
  7. Re-focus your attention away from the bullying
  8. See your family doctor
  9. Learn more about bullying
  10. Start a club at school

PREVNet is a great place for additional resources for teachers, parents and students, also the Canadian Safe School Network.  TDSB teachers can requests books and articles from the Professional Library. This is an important topic – stay in the know.

Start with the blog for details! Rowan

June 12, 2017 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

Anxiety and bullying affect student mental health (OECD>PISA results)

On April 19, the OECD has released a suite of resources based on the first OECD PISA assessment of students’ well-being. The report  analyses for the first time students’ motivation to perform well in school, their relationships with peers and teachers, their home life, and how they spend their time outside of school.

Here are the key links:

What can parents and schools do? (From PISA in Focus, # 71)

  • Schools can boost students’ motivation to achieve and build their confidence
  • Schools can function as caring communities only if they have engaged teachers
  • Students, even adolescent students, need their parents’ support
  • Students should be encouraged to exercise, eat healthily and use the Internet wisely

Check it all out! Rowan

April 25, 2017 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

New issue of Canadian Journal of Education released

For you edu-academic types, volume 40(1)2017 of CJE has been released.

You may prefer to read others, but the one article that attracted my attention is by Nicole Malette titled Forms of Fighting-A Micro-Social Analysis of Bullying and In-School Violence.

Selected From the article:

  • “Students engage in a number of violent behaviours beyond bullying. Appreciating those different dynamics is important for intervening and preventing violence in schools.” (p. 21)
  • The author identifies ” five types of violence: bullying, scapegoating, peer-to-peer honour contests, group fights, and retaliatory violence” (p. 1).
  • “Creating effective violence intervention and prevention methods is reliant on understanding the interpersonal dynamics that sustain each type of violence.”(p. 22)

The author briefly discusses 2 examples of successful  prevention programs: Scandinavian Olweus Bullying Prevention Program and  PREVNet Canada.

Check it out! Rowan


March 16, 2017 at 8:00 pm Leave a comment

New UNESCO document on school violence & bullying

UNESCO has released an 2017 document titled School Violence and Bullying: A Global Perspective. Pages 8-11 provide a summary of the content and include sections titled:

  • The scope of school violence and bullying
  • The prevalence of school violence and bullying
  • The impact of school violence and bullying
  • The response to school violence and bullying
  • Key challenges
  • Priorities for action

Why is it important? See the impact it has on student success(from page 27):









Check it out! Rowan


January 25, 2017 at 1:00 pm Leave a comment

Wednesday: Huddle up Bullying Prevention Rally (Grey Cup)

From the  Grey Cup  Festival website:

  • DAY:          WED NOV 23, 2016
  • TIME          12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
  • PRICE        FREE

Join us to have the most people ever reciting a pledge to prevent bullying. Athletes, celebrities and expert speakers will lead the crowd in an inspiring program that celebrates acceptance, inclusiveness and uniqueness. Family Channel’s Deepa Prashad will host the day’s events alongside special guest Michael “Pinball” Clemons. The event will also feature Toronto born singer-songwriter, Alx Veliz performing his hit “Dancing Kizomba”.

Send in your RSVP to and you will receive a Grey Cup Curriculum Learning Resource Package to help prepare for the Rally.

Check it out! Rowan

November 21, 2016 at 3:00 pm Leave a comment

Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week November 21-25

The TDSB joins the rest of Ontario in recognizing Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week, beginning 20 November.   A caring, safe, and accepting school climate is essential for student achievement and well-being. In order to reach their full potential, students must feel safe, included and engaged.

Check out these websites (in no special order):

Check out some of our new books on this topic. TDSB teachers may borrow books by contacting the library at (416) 395-8289 or or reserve them in the catalgoue (remember to login first)



November 21, 2016 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

Classroom use of YA books with bullying theme may promote empathy in school

The Canadian Journal of Education has released its latest issue (2016, 39:3). One of the articles written by J.Hughes (UOIT)  and J.L Laffier (UOIT)  is titled Portrayals of Bullying in Young Adult Literature: Considerations for Schools.

Selected from the abstract, page 1:   “In this article, the authors examine how bullying is portrayed in three recent young adult novels, focusing specifically on whether the information about bullying is accurate, biased, or represents old myths in comparison to current research. The authors conduct a systematic analysis of the following four themes: (1) What is bullying? (2) Who are the bullies? (3) Who are the victims? (4) Who are the bystanders and what role do they play? They conclude by arguing for the inclusion of young adult fiction that deals with sensitive issues as a way to promote awareness, empathy, and social change to empower youth in school settings.”

Selected from page 5: “The three young adult novels selected for the purposes of this article were Bystander by James Preller (2009), The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen by Susin Nielsen (2012), and The Bully Book by Eric Kahn Gale (2013). In our classroom-based research with students, we have also used Wonder by R. J. Palacio (2013), Freak by Marcella Pixley (2013), Schooled by Gordon Korman (2000), and Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli (2000). For teachers working with students in secondary school, we recommend Thirteen Reasons Why (Asher, 2007), Eleanor & Park (Rowell, 2013), By the Time You Read This, I’ll Be Dead (Peters, 2009), Speak (Anderson, 1999), and Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock (Quick, 2013).”

Selected from page 19:   “Through critical discussions of how bullying is presented in the books in comparison to the student’s real world experiences, students can take an active part in finding solutions to prevent bullying. This can empower students to be “agents of change” and promote an equitable and empathic school community. Using YA books that focus on bullying has the potential to create awareness about the issues and transforms the lives of students, not only the 64% of students who report being bullied, but the 72% who report witnessing bullying events at school (Stop a Bully, 2014).”

And the article comes an excellent resource list. Check it out! Rowan

September 26, 2016 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

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