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SD&G Youth Coalition

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Erin deJong

on 24 April 2013

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Beyond the Hurt The Canadian Red Cross mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity in Canada and around the world RespectED: Violence and Abuse Prevention Program To create safe environments, free from violence and abuse, especially for children and youth RespectED 4.9 million children, youth and adults educated in violence prevention and safe environment creation
Delivered in more than 1000 communities throughout Canada
Active in over 18 countries worldwide including:
Sri Lanka, India, Guyana, Australia Bullying Intentionally mean, cruel, hurtful behaviour. It involves using power in a negative to hurt others. Cyberbullying Using electronic media to threaten, embarrass, intimidate, exclude or damage someone’s reputation. Let's Take a 5 Minute Break - Introduction to the CRC and RespectED

- Ice Breaker

- Lunch Education is the key to prevention of abuse, bullying, violence and sexual exploitation. Overview: - Defining Bullying and Harassment
- The Subtleties of Bullying
- Cyberbullying
- Sexual Minority Youth
- Impact on Youth
- What We Can Do
- Resources 6 AREAS OF EXCELLENCE Disaster Management Community Resilience and Capacity Building Health and Social Programs Violence and Abuse Prevention Injury Prevention International Humanitarian Law and Humanitarian Issues Every child has the right to live, play and learn in a safe environment. ICE BREAKER! Getting to know your table-mates!

Choose one item on your person that reveals something unique about you.

Share with your table! 4 Types of Bullying: Verbal Physical Social/Relational Cyberbullying #redcrossbth http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bdQBurXQOeQ In what ways is cyberbullying more problematic than other types of bullying? Jurisdiction Behind the Screen Bravery Misin-text-pretation Frequency and Diversity Follows You Everywhere STOP – Do not try to reason with or talk to someone who is cyberbullying you.

BLOCK: Use the block sender technology to prevent the person from contacting you again.

TALK: Tell a trusted adult, inform your school, use a help line and/or report it to police.

SAVE: Save any instant messages or emails you receive from the person who is bullying you. What You Can Do If You are Being Cyberbullied: As professionals who work with youth... It is crucial that we stay informed about new media.

-- Understand the different contexts of cyberbullying
-- Connect to youth through new media
-- It's fun! Media Quiz Time!! Sexual Minority Youth Sexual minority youth are bullied, harassed and physically assaulted more than any other group. Sex Gender Sexuality Knowledge is POWER!

Let's review some key information about different sexual groups! Gender Gender Sexual Biological -Identities are on a continuum.
-We need to stop thinking about identities in terms of binaries.
-Identities are dynamic - changing from situation to situation and throughout our lives. INTERSECTIONALITY? The Subtleties of Bullying Signs that a youth is being bullied: Signs that a youth is bullying others: -Torn clothing/damaged property
-Over/Under Eating
-Sleep disturbances /nightmares
-Stomach upset/headaches
-Increased absences from school
-Loss of money -Quick irritability and outbursts
-Withdrawal from activities, friends, family…
-Physical signs of injury
-Noticeable change in ones behavior (socially, academically, etc)
-Constantly checking and distressed while accessing social media - View violence positively or take it lightly
- Is very concerned about being popular
- Hangs out with other people who regularly bully others
- Is exclusive (doesn't let certain people hang out with them)
- Bad temper - Always getting in trouble at school, suspended, etc.
- Doesn't accept parental discipline
- Anti social behaviour
- Has an adult role model who gossips, excludes, harasses/bullies, etc (maybe a parent?) The Impact of Bullying on Youth How can we Intervene? - No two bullying situations are the same.
- Always check the scene for safety.
- Officially report the incident.

SILENCE IS TOLERANCE. Use your knowledge of the situation to determine the best course of action:


- Issued and documented Warning

- Minor punishment (detention, suspension, etc.)

- Major punishment (expulsion, criminal charges)

- Help! (Mediation, therapy/counseling, etc.) Affirm the person being targeted and ensure they know it is NOT THEIR FAULT.

- Make sure that they have a strong support system who is aware of the problem.

- Encourage self-care (what do they like to do to make themselves feel good?)

- Be vigilant for signs of mental health struggles, and ensure they are connected to youth-friendly resources. Prevention: - School policies
- Clear and consistent consequences for dealing with incidents of bullying and harassment.
- Intervention training for teachers and school staff.
- Listen to the voices of youth.
- Education, awareness, continuous discourse Resources:
"Canadian Bullying Resources Online" http://www.osstf.on.ca/ And, see our handouts! Thank you! :)
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