N.S. website to combat bullying

New service will be operational only during school months

People can access the report from Nova Scotia’s anti-bullying website

Bullying and cyber bullying has now met its online match.

Nova Scotia has launched a website where witnesses or victims of bullying and cyberbullying can report the incident. The site is one of only a few being used in Canada.

The site went live today following sessions held throughout October by the province’s department of Education and Early Childhood Development . More than 550 school principals and administrators from across the province discussed the resource and received training for its use.

“Bullying and cyberbullying are harmful societal issues facing our students and we need to make sure students and parents are supported,” said Karen Casey, minister of Education and Early Childhood Development in a statement. “With the online reporting tool students and parents can report incidents of bullying easily and can play an active role in making our schools safer.”

When a person goes to enter a report, they are prompted to provide their name so that a follow up can be established. Other information is required such as whether it is an isolated incident or has been happening over time, and other contributing factors.

The N.S. bullying report website is live as of Nov. 18

In the media release, bullying is defined as repeatedly trying  “to hurt another person’s body, feelings, self-esteem, reputation, or property. Cyberbullying is when someone uses technology (social networking sites, e-mails, text messages, and the sharing of images) to bully someone else.”

“This tool will complement existing supports we already have in place and give parents and students another avenue to bring their concerns forward,” said Agnes Greer, principal of Sir John A. Macdonald High School in a statement. “It will allow us to work together and assist young people in need.”

Other changes implemented to the now-live site based on input from the October meetings include the site’s shutdown while schools are closed (Summer months, Christmas, March break), changing the name of the website to Online Reporting for Students and Parents, and prompting for more information about the incident.

Nov. 17 - 22 is National Anti-Bullying week in Canada. Check out For more information or for resources and services to help, visit www.antibullying.novascotia.ca.

(Source: N.S. government)



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