Our Board has identified this week as Bullying Prevention week. At Westminster PS bullying prevention is a focus every day, all year. We educate our students to identify and prevent bullying behaviour through our focus on character education and our instruction on self-regulation and social skills. We encourage bullying prevention through our "mindfulness" activities, Random Acts of Kindness campaign and conflict resolution through restorative approaches.
Bullying is targetted and repeated negative interaction in an imbalance of power which can be physical, verbal, emotional or cyber-bullying. Not all social conflict is bullying but can become so if unchecked. While our children are being taught how to resolve their own conflicts they also know how to get help from the trusted adults around them if needed. This year as part of our Enrichment Package, we will be having a special guest, Paul Davis talk to our grade 4-8 students about internet safety and cyber-bullying. So they can recognize the possible dangers of social media.
Our School Council has also arranged for Paul Davis to speak to parents/guardians on this topic on December 3rd at 7:00 pm. Paul will describe the different social media available to our children and how to keep them safe while on line.
Stay tuned for more information on this parenting session and save the date, December 3rd.