The Halton Catholic District School Board will join many organizations across Ontario and Canada, including www.bullying.org and The Family Channel, in recognizing the Ninth Annual Bullying Awareness Week from November 13 – 19, 2011, with the theme “Stand Up to Bullying!”
"During Bullying Awareness Week, we will be celebrating the amazing work our students and staff are doing to share messages of kindness, empathy and inclusion,” explains Theresa Wilson, Chief Social Worker, Halton Catholic District School Board. “We believe that we can make a difference by working together to prevent bullying.”
Bullying Awareness Week provides an opportunity for educators and students to work together on preventing bullying in our school communities, with education and awareness. Through skits, announcements, posters, guest speakers and other creative activities, students will express the messages that everyone has the right to be respected and everyone has the responsibility to respect others.
During Bullying Awareness Week and throughout the year, our schools focus on these key messages:
- Bullying is wrong and harmful.
- Bullying is a relationship problem. (Bullying cannot be addressed with "simple" solutions. Bullying requires relationship strategies that encourage respect and empathy for others.)
- Bullying is a community issue; we all need to play a part in addressing it.
- Youth involvement and leadership is very important.
- Helping bystanders or the ‘silent majority’ to be part of the solution in stopping the bullying behavior.