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What is bullying?

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RRDSB Code of Conduct
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RRDSB/Police School Board Protocol Restorative Practices (coming soon)
  • Bullying is a relationship problem in which a person or group repeatedly uses power to cause distress to another. It requires relationship solutions.
  • Bullying can be verbal, physical or electronic. Sometimes it focuses on racial, ethnic or religious differences, sexual issues or disabilities.
  • Children and youth don’t have to be friends with everyone, but everyone has the right to be safe and treated with respect.

Why should I be concerned about bullying?

  • Children who bully are learning to use power and aggression to control and distress others. This can lead to a pattern
  • they carry forward.
  • Children who are repeatedly bullied become increasingly powerless and unable to defend themselves; they get
  • trapped in the abusive situation.
  • When kids become involved in bullying, adults need to be involved to help them learn from their experiences.

How do I talk with my child about bullying?

  • Be proactive. Start a discussion with your child about bullying and raise the topic often, especially in times of transition such as a change of school.
  • Listen to what children say about bullying and take it seriously.
  • Make it clear that you think bullying is wrong.
  • Let children know that you will help solve the problem, whether your child is the victim, the bully or a witness to bullying.

What do I do if my child is a bystander to bullying?

  • Encourage children to Choose Action and stand up for kids who are being bullied.
  • Let children know there are many ways to provide support for someone who is being bullied and they should choose a method they’re comfortable with.
  • Always recognize the courage it takes to report bullying and be sure to let children know that telling is not the same as tattling.

What do I do if my child is being a bully?

  • Calm down and think before you take action. Respond caringly and let your child know you’ll help.
  • Keep a record of what happened and work with other adults to make a plan. Evaluate your success.