LONDON – November 20 to 26 is Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week in Ontario. This is an opportunity to remind youth and parents of the potential dangers of bullying and to learn more about its effect on student learning and well-being.
It is also an opportunity to raise awareness of solutions to help prevent crime and victimization.
The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) support the efforts of community agencies collaborating and setting goals to promote bullying awareness and offer support to those who have fallen victim.
Statistics show that 75 per cent of people have been affected by bullying. Bullying is known to cause serious harm such as headaches, depression, anxiety, and increase the risk of suicide. It can be a traumatic experience, and some forms of bullying can even be considered a criminal offence.
The OPP encourages parents to talk with their children and remind them that it is not acceptable for them to bully, be bullied, or stand by and watch others being bullied.
If you are being bullied, or know someone that is, remember you are never alone. There are many resources and supports available. These resources can help you develop strategies, connect with support services and identify healthy relationship alternatives. Some resources include: Kids Help Phone, Canadian Centre for Child Protection and the Government of Ontario website.
“The OPP encourages communities to work together to develop bullying prevention strategies. It is important to continue to encourage community support, as community safety and well-being in Ontario is everyone’s responsibility,” said Robyn MacEachern, Inspector, Ontario Provincial Police.