@PJ Paulson SD 10 (Arrow Lakes) BC had me train ALL staff and admin and have modeled a framework on the Kent model--adapted to their local needs/desires. It would be worth contacting them. My contact there via twitter is @sallylynnmclean Give her a tweet if you're interested
We had a discussion in our newsroom story meeting this morning about parents keeping an eye on what their kids (mostly teens) are doing/sending/receiving on "devices" mobile phones, ipads etc. How many of you think parents should be able to "view" this material at any time ? Do kids deserve any privacy ?
@dougb- By educating other youth how to intervene in bullying situations and provide support before and after a bullying situation, kids can provide support for each other.
MFraser ..once the live blog is over we will place the conversation on a separate page on our website. www.globaltvbc.com
@PJ Paulson I think that one of the difficulties, is--with most institutions--policies are driven by legal mandate or tragedies. We need to move to a much more proactive policy/protocol design in schools
@M. Fraser-please direct your daugher to the www.imaginenobullying.ca website. It's a great resource for youth and adults.
I have to sign off in a few minutes, but since many of you are parents, I suggest you meet with your child's school administrators and teachers and ask that a series of open discussions be set up between parents, educators, police, legal experts and the youth themselves to discuss this important issues of bullying and cyberbullying and come to some ways of addressing this problem in your local school. Pre-packaged programs typically are not that helpful...rather collaborative efforts that address the problems in a given school setting are more effective. Also, if interested, I've published in this area, most recently Making Kind Cool (about parents, 2012 Journal of Educational Computing Research, and Under the Radar (about educators, 2012 School Psychology International Journal).
@Leona- Exactly! Our Red Cross program teaches kids that it just takes on person to make a difference.
To our 3 guests ... can you share with us information on how we may help change "adult" behaviour.
Lots of the folks here saying that children learn how to be bullies from watching their parents. What's the answer ?
@MargotMaines One of the toughest issues is that the legal parameters of dealing with these issues are still being hammered out. The US is a bit more litigous and they are just starting to get some cases at the Supreme Court level. Most of them sort into key issues: prime among them is the school's authority to discipline kids for things that don't occur on school grounds but affect school culture...
Thanks for asking Jill. On our www.imaginenobullying.ca site, you will resources for adults (as well as youth). There are some videos there that show adults how they can best support their children during bullying situations. There are also tips for teachers and adults.
To our professionals ..Is there a need for volunteers in this "battle" ?
@MargotMaines Another key issue is that Canadian law recently changed to allow hate speech--as a freedom of speech. That complicates the issue. Another main theme I've seen is that penalties that the school assess are often unrelated to the event--or 'crime' if you will
Thanks Wanda Cassidy for your input! Much appreciated!
Jill, what we need most at this point is funds to expand our program and reach more youth with bullying prevention education. We are collecting donations on www.imaginenobullying.ca We need everyone's help to spread the word!