Following the increased occurrence of bullying in schools among Canadian youths aged 11 to 16, and high-profile suicides of young persons due to bullying, several jurisdictions in Canada are in the process of enacting anti-bullying laws. The aim of the laws is to make educational institutions safer by bringing awareness of the issue and consequences of bullying, and promoting tolerance in all public schools.
According to BullyingCanada.ca, a national anti-bullying charitable organization:
Bullying happens when someone hurts or scares another person on purpose and the person being bullied has a hard time defending themselves. So, everyone needs to get involved to help stop it. …
Approximately 1 in 10 children have bullied others and as many as 25 percent of children in grades 4 to 6 have been bullied. A 2004 study published in the medical Journal of Pediatrics found that about 1 in 7 Canadian children aged 11 to 16 are victims of bullying. Studies have found bullying occurs once every 7 minutes on the playground and once every 25 minutes in the classroom.”
So what is being done to stop it? To find out read my latest post on Slaw.