Safe and Caring Schools

Students

Students contribute to a safe and caring school:

  • At times a student may witness bullying behaviours or be aware of cyber-bullying and may hesitate to get involved in the hassle. They may fear the negative behaviour will be directed at them or may not know what to do or where to go for help. However they recognize that what they are observing or experiencing is not right and needs to stop.
  • When a student and/or their friends look out for the best interest of another, when they offer a word of support or make a confidential report, they will make a huge difference in the life of a student who is receiving hurtful, humiliating, and/or harassing behaviours.
  • A student suffering from persistent harassment, intimidation, or humiliation either face-to-face and/or through technology may feel isolated, hopeless, helpless, and fearful. She/he needs support to get through this experience.
  • Know your school’s code of conduct and have a clear understanding of the process for reporting incidents. Identify an adult contact that will help deal with the issue. It is important to know that your reports will be protected and handled confidentiality, within the limits of the law.
  • If bullying is happening to you or someone you know, connect with someone you trust. Talk to a parent, a teacher, a school counsellor or the school principal – talk with someone. They can help you identify your strengths, make connections, learn strategies to cope with human reactions, and intervene appropriately. If you do not find support and solutions the first time, talk to another adult, and another, until you find the support you need.
  • You can make a difference in your school by getting involved and voicing your commitment of the need for safe relationships and a safe school.

Some guidelines, particularly involving technology, include:

  • Identify and connect with an adult you trust and you know will listen
  • Talk about experiences you encounter (online or off) that leave you confused, uncomfortable or upset
  • If you or someone you know is at risk for self-harm, has thoughts of suicide or any related danger, find an adult you trust and you know will help  (parent, teacher, school counsellor, coach, school principal, youth group leader)
  • Learn about healthy human reactions and develop coping strategies to deal with emotions and thoughts
  • Care about and look out for others
  • Share with parents what you do online
  • Say online only what you would say in person
  • Choose not to encourage or indirectly contribute to bullying behaviours – refuse to join in to ‘fit in’, speak up instead of remaining silent allowing the abuse to continue
  • Refuse to forward hurtful messages and inappropriate jokes
  • Ignore hurtful messages and do not add fuel with a response, block the sender and keep evidence (cyber-bullying)
  • Take responsibility for your contribution and learn from errors
  • Use your privacy settings

There are various resource links for students. Here are some examples: