A professional recommendation on how to best respond to bullying between students

Ontario's regulatory body for the teaching profession issues recommendation on how to best respond to bullying among students.

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TORONTO, the Oct 3, 2017 / CNW / - The regulatory body for the teaching profession in Ontario publishes a professional recommendation on how to best respond to bullying between students. This is intended for its 238,000 members.

Research shows that bullying is a widespread phenomenon:

  • 30 % students bully others;
  • 78 % witnessed bullying behavior, but less than half of them intervened;
  • 12 % report being bullied at least once a week.

"Empathetic teachers recognize the signs of bullying, step in to prevent conflict from escalating, and break the vicious cycle," says Michael salvatori, EAO, Chief Executive Officer and Registrar of the Order. Bullying is a chronic and growing problem in education; educators therefore need strategies and tools to respond to and prevent bullying incidents. "

Recognize the symptoms

Students who are bullied feel devalued, crippled and humiliated. Often they live in fear and anxiety, and feel isolated. They lose sleep and appetite, and they sink into depression. Their behavior changes. Their absenteeism rate at school is increasing. They have lower self-esteem and their learning suffers.

The College Council approved the professional recommendation to help the teaching staff of theOntario to examine the causes of bullying and to encourage discussion on how to respond collectively to bullying among students.

Maintaining that awareness is essential, the authors of the recommendation encourage members to reflect on their knowledge and practice. Are they aware of their employer's protocols? Do they intervene early? How do they support the students? Who can they turn to when they need help?

Finding solutions through discussion

To spark discussion, the Order has planned to give presentations and organize focus groups in six cities across theOntario, whose TorontoOttawa, North Bay, Thunder Bay, Peterborough and Windsor. Representatives from school boards and regional police services, as well as experts from the Canadian Center for Child Protection and the Canadian Safe School Network will be part of the focus groups.

The professional recommendation and the information document are available on the Order's website at

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The College of Teachers ofOntario has a mandate to govern and regulate the teaching profession in the public interest. It sets standards of practice and ethics, conducts disciplinary hearings, and accredits teacher education programs for its more than 238 000 members working withinschools andfinancial institutionsés by the public funds of the province.

SOURCE The College of Teachers of theOntario


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