I got a phone call from a girlfriend from Calgary this afternoon around 5 pm. She was super excited. She told me that she has just heard that her province of Alberta had just agreed to a reading of a new act – Alberta Education Act 2013- Putting Students First which has a focus on anti-bullying. This is the message – “All Alberta students deserve a welcoming, caring, respectful and safe place to learn, a place where bullying is simply not tolerated. Alberta families deserve options about what kind of educational experience is right for them and their children. The Education Act provides that and helps ensure your children have the supports and environment they need to succeed.”
And in the same breath, the Premier of Alberta also announced the following about an newly appointed Minister to her legislature.
Darrell Dexter, the premier of Nova Scotia, also spoke up about the issues at hand. He is reminded of what happened in his own province to Rehtaeh Parson’s. He wants changes. “The focus on cyber-bullying comes in the wake of a rash of teen suicides tied to harassment online.” in the article – Premiers want action on cyberbullying – http://www.stcatharinesstandard.ca/2013/07/26/premiers-want-action-on-cyber-bullying
As with everything else in the world, there are people who praise this and those will argue against it. Rarely are things like this ever win-win. But if we could just start the ball rolling (like drinking and driving laws and seatbelt laws), it could be the catalyst and starts and promotes change. Schools and communities need to also be partners in the changes that are needed. It can’t and shouldn’t be left to one group to do it alone. Partnerships between school, community, family, mental health care and government are all necessary to make something work. When everyone is on the same page, it gets easier to ‘read the book’.
|Premiers want action on cyber-bullyingSt. Catharines Standard
Nova Scotia premier Darrell Dexter speaks about cyber bullying as the provincial premiers wrapped up the summer meeting of the Council of the Federation …
|Premiers urge cyberbullying to be included in Criminal CodeToronto Star
“In my province, there was a young woman who lost her life because of cyberbullying,” said Dexter, referring to Rehtaeh Parsons, the teenager who committed …
My burning question is how can we get all the provinces to climb aboard the big rocking chair??? So proud of Mackenzie for being the voice to talk about anti-bullying and youth today. Amanda would be so proud to have had a friend like Mackenzie!! Hugz to my other Princess Snowflake ….