Studies have found bullying occurs once every seven minutes on the playground and once every 25 minutes in the classroom. In the majority of cases, bullying stops within 10 seconds when peers intervene, or do not support the bullying behaviour. (bullyingcanada.ca)
Studies show teachers catch only 25% of bullying incidents. Research also shows that bullying stops with supervision.
To learn more, click on any of the sites below.
Trillium Lakelands District School Board
Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board
Canadian Red Cross - Bullying
Public Safety Canada - National Crime Prevention Strategy
What to do if your Child is being bullied at school
1. Contact the school immediately to bring awareness and collaborate to help protect your child while addressing the issue.
2. Let your child know that the teacher, the parents, the principal and others are on their team to help him/her. The child's job is to keep letting parents and teachers know when bullying is happening to him/her.
3. Reassure and hug your child.
- Stay calm and try not to show you are upset.
- Walk away from the situation.
- Don’t hit back, don’t talk back, don’t reply back.
- As soon as you can, find an adult you trust and tell the adult what happened. It is your right to be safe.
- If you are afraid to tell an adult on your own, ask a friend to go with you.
- Stay close to children you can count on to stick up for you.
- Stay away from places where you know bullying happens.
- Talk about it with your brothers or sisters or with friends, so that you don’t feel you’re alone.
- Find a friend to be with in the places where you don’t feel safe.
- If the bullying continues, walk away, join other children or ask someone else for help.
- Call Kids Help Phone at 1-800-668-6868, or visit their website, at www.kidshelpphone.ca