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Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week: November 19-25

In Ontario, November 19th to 25th is Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week. During this week, Ontario students, school staff and parents are encouraged to learn more about bullying and its effects on student learning and well-being.   

The CDSBEO Curriculum, Mental Health, and Safe Schools Teams have come together to create resources and activities that will support this theme in our schools.  

This year’s Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week will focus on the T.H.I.N.K. acronym. Is it True? Is it Helpful? Is it Inclusive? Is it Necessary? Is it Kind? We invite staff, students, and school communities to join us in taking a pledge to always T.H.I.N.K. before we type, text, or speak.   

On Thursday, November 23rd, staff, students, and school communities are invited to participate in Odd Sock Day. This is an opportunity for all of us to promote inclusivity by showcasing our differences through the wearing of mismatched socks.  

We will also be showcasing our students’ pledge to T.H.I.N.K. and participation in Odd Sock Day on our board and school social media accounts.  

CDSBEO’s Bullying Prevention and Intervention Plan can be found on our website by clicking here. Additional student and family Mental Health Resources are available on our website by clicking here.  

There are several other practical resources for parents in terms of cyberviolence and cyber bullying linked below that you may find useful as well:

  • Parent Internet Guide – Provides parents with answers to the question: What should parents know about cyberviolence and cyberbullying?  
  • Family Internet Agreement – Helps parents to create a family online safety agreement. 
  • Cyber Safety-Parent Tip Sheet – Available in 20 languages and includes tips to promote an understanding of “Healthy Relationships” and how children can keep themselves safe online.  
  • Bullying We Can All Help Stop It – A Parent Information Sheet with a link to the newly updated parent/guardian webpage from the Ministry of Education.

Thank you for helping make our schools and communities safe and inclusive places for all!

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