Daily Archives: March 1, 2017

App lets students make anonymous reports about bullying, unsafe behaviour (Canada)

Reporting a bullying incident will soon be almost as simple as sending a text message for students in Toronto’s Catholic school board.

Starting Wednesday, about 30,000 teenagers at the board’s 32 high schools can use a smartphone app to report bullying, cyberbullying, threats, concerns about a classmate’s self-harming behaviour or other safety issues. And they don’t have to identify themselves.

The Anonymous Alerts app “is another tool for students in those situations where people don’t feel comfortable reporting in person,” says Nadia Adragna, a high school principal and member of the Toronto Catholic District School Board’s safe schools department.

“We’re a 21st-century board. We wanted to offer another tool that is familiar to students . . . that they can access to promote a positive school climate.”

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Cyber-bullying cases doubled this year, middle school official says (Iowa)

MUSCATINE, Iowa — Alexis Kirk, 11, was about to go to bed one night when her phone started buzzing incessantly.

Someone had added her to a group chat on Facebook Messenger, to which her peers were posting insults about a friend.

Alexis showed the phone to her mom, Angie Kirk.

“I read it and I got on (her Facebook) and I typed ‘This is Alexis’ mom and I highly suggest that every one of you get to bed right now cause I’m getting a hold of your parents,’” Angie said.

Angie called the vice principal of West Middle School and the mother of the girl who was being bullied.

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Teacher who organized anti-bullying rally says she’s being bullied by colleague

An early childhood educator at a downtown elementary school believes she is being bullied by a colleague.

Emily Wright works at Orde Street Public School near College Street and University Avenue. She claims to have received seven notes in the last year containing threats and taunts.

Wright says the most recent incident happened right after she organized an assembly for Pink Shirt Day, a day meant to promote anti-bullying awareness.

Wright says a typed note reading: “YOUR ASSEMBLY SUCKED JUST AS MUCH AS YOU DO. NO ONE LIKES YOU NO MATTER HOW HARD YOU TRY” was left on her desk.

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Understanding, Recognizing and Stopping Cyberbullying in Teens: Tips for Parents

In our growing technological world, Internet use has become a part of regular life for teenagers today. Practically all youth between the ages of 12 and 17 use the Internet, averaging about 17 hours per week online, with some spending more than 40 hours per week online. With its 24/7 accessibility and lack of face-to-face contact, communicating online has led to a new form of bullying in young people known as cyberbullying.

What is Cyberbullying?

Cyberbullying occurs when a teen uses the Internet, text messages, emails, social media websites, online forums, chat rooms or other digital technology to harass, threaten or humiliate another teen. Since the Internet and cellphones are always at a teen’s fingertips, unlike traditional schoolyard bullying, cyberbullying can happen anytime, anywhere and can be done anonymously. A teen may not be sure who is targeting them. Cyberbullying also has the potential to be committed in front of thousands of people, as a bullying email can be forwarded to many or a mean social media post can be shared publicly, becoming even more humiliating. Just as with traditional bullying, cyberbullying has the potential to cause teens to feel hurt, angry, helpless, isolated and even suicidal. It can lead to problems such as depression, anxiety and low self-esteem.

Cyberbullying Warning Signs

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