The movie "Bully" ends with a call for other children to stand up and help when they witness a bullying situation. The premise is that if you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem. But is it fair to put the burden on children to speak up and help when they see someone being bullied? Is it really realistic?
TORONTO - A new survey finds that half of Canadian adults polled say they were bullied as a child or teenager.The Harris-Decima survey conducted for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada found 85 per cen...
MONTREAL - The Quebec government has announced new legislation and a $1-million-a-year ad campaign geared at cracking down on bullying in schools.Charest says his government will introduce a bill in t...
I think one element of bullying that we don't talk enough about is the need for parents of teens who do the bullying to step up. Where are the parents of these kids?
Children who cry easily and show other signs of depression are more likely to be bullied, but researchers suggest the depression may not necessarily be caused by bullying. People often assume that be...
A 15-year-old boy has been charged with assault with a weapon after a 14-year-old girl's hair was set on fire in a Saint John school's classroom. According to Saint John police, the boy allegedly use...
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KINGSTON, Ont. - Obese teens are on both sides of the bullying divide with a greater likelihood of being victims and perpetrators compared to their peers, a new study suggests.Lead author Atif Kukaswa...
A Renfrew, Ont., mother says her seven-year-old son's allergy to nuts was used to bully him at school, an incident she says took a month for him to get over. Kerri McDonald said her son, Nevin Prevos...
Craig and Marc Kielburger are founders of Free The Children and Me to We, a social enterprise. They are authors of "The World Needs Your Kid: Raising Children Who Care And Contribute," with journalist...
No celebrity messenger can draw the same level of emotion or heartache that is inherent in the stories of the victims they represent. After all, if we really need Lady Gaga to illustrate why teen suicide is unacceptable, society has deep problems.
Ontario's Ministry of Education reached out to me and asked if I wanted to discuss bullying with the Minister. Would I?! You bet. The question is, did she really want to hear what I have to say?
VANCOUVER - An American group opposed to same-sex marriage is fanning the flames in a controversy around an anti-bullying booklet put out by Vancouver's School Board.The head of Vancouver's School Boa...
I grew up despising bullies, perhaps because my father loathed them. When my sister Robin was being bullied, my pal Jim McConkie and I would trail her as she walked to school. When the bully harassed her, we were on him. It solved the problem.
Despite the media, social and political attention directed at bullying, nothing has emerged that gives any indication that it can be stopped. Because bullying is human nature. It's part of growing up. Most of us learn to deal with it.
When kids act out, their inner worlds of contempt for themselves are projected onto others. If you can catch those actions early enough, deflect them and encourage those kids to share their positive passions from a place of strength, we may prevent those waves of angst from crashing down upon others.
MONTREAL - Friends and family of a 15-year-old girl who killed herself after being apparently bullied by classmates gathered in Granby, Que. today for her funeral.Marjorie Raymond took her own life on...
Bullying is not just the territory of the biggest and strongest. A bully is someone who can create and abuse power in a relationship. Your boss can be a bully. Someone you are dating. The bullying is in the constant threat of violence and the power dynamics at play.
Cyber-bullying affected a kid aged 8 - 17 in about every 10th household in Canada this year, according to Statistics Canada. On top of this, 35 per cent of kids said they have witnessed bullying on a...
Schools should be a safe haven for all students. A place where children can exchange ideas, learn, play and create memories that will last a lifetime. We all have a role in the school system to ensure that they do exactly that.
Some of the kids who say things like "that is so gay" probably don't mean it and don't really understand what they are saying. But words are weapons. They have power and meaning. They wound.
Is it hypocritical for a bunch of historically anti-gay MPs all of sudden attempting to reach out to gay teens with an "It Gets Better" video? I believe the Conservative video is commendable, but only if it signifies a shift in attitude on the part of the party. What's really needed is for things to get better today.
Earlier this week a group of Conservative MPs and staffers released an anti-bullying video aimed at gay youth and the criticism has been swift. In the video, MPs such as Foreign Affairs Minister John...
Holy Redeemer Roman Catholic Church in Ottawa was packed to twice its capacity for the funeral of 15-year-old Jamie Hubley, a gay teenager who committed suicide after being bullied. The traditional f...
Before we have another case like Jamie Hubley's on our hands, it's time for Canada to stand up loud and proud and say, "It gets better." Where is Prime Minister Harper's message that it gets better? I don't believe that Harper, his cabinet, the Conservative Party or other Members of Parliament are anti-gay. But I think their silence is deafening.
There will always be people who are jealous or resentful of your success. They're spiteful people who begrudge you the pride you have in yourself and the recognition you're receiving from others. They can't stand it that you're happy, fulfilled and achieving your goals.
A Nova Scotia girl's fight to have disparaging Facebook postings about her kept secret is going to the Supreme Court of Canada. The case could ultimately weigh the privacy of someone who has been tor...
The death of an 11-year-old boy with muscular dystrophy months after his assault by a bully has shined a spotlight on bullying in Canada's schools. Muscular dystrophy left Mitchell Wilson struggling t...
While your child's school has its clear responsibility to ensure the safety of its students, it needs parents' support to make lasting, effective change to stop bullying.
Your child opens up his lunchbox and takes out the food you so lovingly pulled together that morning. It's chana masala or falafel or pork buns or kimchi -- the cuisine of your family's culture. Your...
Can a bully learn to be a kind and caring person; to live and let live? The answer is yes, but only if they're able to heal their self-loathing and develop the same self-acceptance that everyone requires.