Bullying and Harassment in Schools

Bullying is defined as harmful and unwanted behaviour that is done purposely and repeatedly. In Canada, at least 1 in 3 adolescent students have reported being bullied.

Bullying can present itself in various forms:

Physical Bullying - Harassing someone by using physical force.

Social Bullying - Harassing someone by excluding, humiliating, or spreading rumours.

Cyberbullying - Harassing someone over digital channels such as social media or text.

Discriminatory Bullying - Harassing someone based on their culture, ethnicity, race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or anything else perceived as making them 'different'.

Emotional or Psychological Bullying - Harassing someone with verbal attacks.

Here are some ways that you can take action if you are a victim of bullying:

  • Stay safe by avoiding certain people or situations and surround yourself with people you can trust
  • Report bullying incidents to someone you trust like a parent or teacher
  • Ask for help and get support
  • Take care of yourself. You are worthy of respect, and you do not deserve this abuse.

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