Did you know that Alberta’s new Education Act recognizes National Bullying Awareness Week (NBAW)?
National Bullying Awareness Week is always the third week of November and it’s fast approaching! What is your school community/district doing to recognize NBAW and start the conversation about creating welcoming, caring, respectful and safe environments?
We know the only effective way to create and maintain a positive learning environment is a comprehensive, school wide approach that involves the entire school community. National Bullying Awareness Week is a great opportunity to begin or reignite this work.
For more information on creating healthy relationships and preventing bullying, visit www.safeandcaring.ca.
Here are some ideas and links to help you plan your own events:
Distribute Safe and Caring resources to teachers and students.
- Understanding Bullying Behaviour
- Responding to Bullying Behaviour
- Creating Welcoming and Safe Learning Environments
- PrevNET Tipsheets for Teachers, Parents, Kids and Teens
Promote positive behaviours and healthy relationships and shift the focus away from “anti-bullying.
Organize a day or week of kind acts.
- One Million Acts of Kindness
- The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation
- CTV: Positive Post-it Campaign Sticks it to Bullying
Organize a flashmob.
Have students and staff plan an assembly or cross-grade activity day with a focus on building relationships amongst students. Have students generate ideas about what they can do to contribute to a positive school environment where everyone feels a sense of belonging. Use National Bullying Awareness Week to kick-start a positive school environment committee of students, staff, parents, caregivers, families and community partners. Plan a kick-off event: a barbeque, hot dog lunch, etc.
Read stories or positive messages over announcements or in assembly that emphasize positive and peaceful solutions and strategies for bullying situations.
Visit http://b-free.ca/home/events.html to learn more about the Week and find ideas from previous NBAWs!
Safe and Caring is building a bank of ideas for National Bullying Awareness Week. Send us your stories and photos to include on our website and we’ll share them with our community!