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Bullying is repeated mean, cruel, hurtful behaviours done on purpose by someone with more power. It can be verbal, physical, social and online. Recognize the warning signs.

What you can do

  • Learn to recognize bullying and know the warning signs.
  • Respond to bullying situations by:
    • telling the person assertively to stop the bullying
    • going and getting help
    • supporting the person targeted after the situation is over, and
    • letting them know they do not deserve that treatment and it is not their fault
  • Be supportive when someone tells you about a bullying experience.
  • Role model healthy relationships by:
    • listening and showing empathy, kindness, honesty and respect
    • being helpful and cooperative
    • showing ways to work through complex social situations
    • helping others understand the benefits of strong social supports
  • Get involved in Bullying Awareness Week and other bullying prevention activities throughout the year.
  • Share resources about bullying through social media and in your community to build awareness and understanding.
  • Help develop and support bullying prevention policies and practices in your workplace, social, sports and community organizations.

What schools can do

  • Develop and implement a school-wide plan for bullying prevention and building healthy relationships by involving teachers, volunteers, parents, caregivers, and most importantly, students.
  • Foster the development of healthy relationships, healthy communication skills, conflict resolution skills and intervention skills.
  • Ensure staff and volunteers work together to respond consistently to bullying situations and show leadership by modelling healthy interactions with others.
  • Support students in setting up a gay-straight alliance (GSA) or queer-straight alliance (QSA).
  • Support Pink Shirt Day and other events promoting healthy relationships.

What employers can do

  • Establish policies clearly defining bullying and harassment, the organization’s response and the resources that are available.
  • Support employees who may be dealing with bullying at work or in other settings.
  • Share information with all employees at meetings, online or through print resources.
  • Display prevention and support information in areas where your customers or clients can see it or take it with them.
  • Work with community organizations to provide funding for programs and services to help people who have been bullied.
  • Sponsor an event to raise awareness during Bullying Awareness Week.
  • Support Pink Shirt Day and other events promoting healthy relationships.

What people in sports can do

Coaches and volunteers

  • Hold a pre-season meeting with other coaches, volunteers, parents, athletes and board members to discuss acceptable behaviour and bullying prevention strategies.
  • Understand that you are a role model to players and set a good example.
  • Promote healthy relationships by encouraging empathy, kindness, honesty and respect.
  • Respond to bullying situations immediately and consistently.
  • Establish open and honest communication between parents, players, managers and volunteers.
  • Look at your behaviour and accept feedback without being defensive. Change your behaviour, if needed.
  • Think of screening procedures, policy and training as opportunities to learn and create a safer and healthier sporting environment for everyone.
  • Get certified to coach sports through a national or provincial governing body.
  • Become an active member of a provincial sport governing body with a code of ethics and harassment policy.

Parents and adults

  • Understand that you are a role model and set a good example.
  • Maintain open and honest communication with your child and the coach.
  • Make sure to participate in the pre-season meeting to discuss acceptable behaviours and bullying prevention strategies.
  • Ask whether the coach is certified and belongs to a provincial sport governing body with a code of ethics and harassment policy. If not, work with the coach, other parents and board members to have the coach certified.
  • Attend practices and games whenever possible. If private practices are scheduled, ask why they are needed.
  • If you see bullying during a game, tell the coach or the officials.
  • When bullying happens during practice or before or after games, discuss the situation with the coach, volunteers and other parents to reach a solution.

Players

  • Take part in the pre-season meeting to discuss acceptable behaviours and bullying prevention strategies.
  • Understand that you are a role model to other players and set a good example.
  • Tell a coach, parent or someone you trust if you, or someone on your team, is being bullied.