November 2015

The Canadian Safe School Network is proud to announce that we are the Canadian charitable partners of the newly released film Bully Fighters.

We are very pleased to support this film as it addresses a very crucial issue that we at CSSN have been working to combat for many years. Bullying affects thousands of school-age children across the country. The effects of bullying can be directly related to depression, anxiety, social exclusion and in some cases youth suicide. This film is working to spread awareness and prevention.

Bully fighters is an award-winning short film and fundraiser being released just in time for Canada’s National Bullying Awareness and Prevention week. Bully Fighters is not just a movie, it’s a movement. the team behind the movie is working to create change. They are looking to change behaviour regarding bullying as well as to change laws.

Their website states “Bully fighters is a film that is meant to get people talking about social justice and what we can do to make the world a safer place for all of us.”

Of course, this is something that the Canadian Safe School Network is honoured to be a part of.

We would like to invite you to the red carpet premiere of bully fighters on Monday, November 16, 2015. Monday is the first day of national bullying awareness and prevention week. this screening will also include a Q&A, solid auction and wine reception to follow. The event is hosted by the producers of the film and in association with the Canadian safe school network. Tickets are limited so be sure to buy them today!

Check out the Bully Fighter Facebook Event for more details.

And, visit the Bully Fighters website to get involved!

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This past month CSSN was invited to contribute an article to Pink & Blue Magazine. Pink and Blue is parenting and baby magazine that is “Making Moms Fabulous & Dads Savvy.”  Check them out here: http://pinkandbluemag.com/magazine/

Last month at the Safe Schools Hackathon, we have the privilege of picking the brains of some industry experts about cyberbullying and safe social media use. We spoke with media experts, educational experts and most importantly parents. What we found was that in the time where social media is so prevalent in children’s lives, it’s difficult for adults to keep up. This isn’t quite news for CSSN, we’re contacted regularly from schools and parents asking for help with safe schools issues related to social media. (In fact, our involvement in the matter is what sprung the success of our viral video ‘Kids Read Mean Tweets”.)

In light of this question, the best advice we can offer is “Get Hip With the Kids”. And that’s just what our article in Pink and Blue is about. How to keep up with your child’s social media habits. Have a look at the article here.

We’d love to know what you think. What are some of your best practices for managing your child’s social media use? If you’re a teacher, how do you handle social media related issues when they pop up in class?

(In other news, stay tuned as we rebuild our website and offer you even more resources on cyberbullying and much more!)

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Have you heard? CSSN is inviting you to show your strength at our newest and coolest fundraising challenge!

We’ve partnered with Pursuit OCR, Canada’s first indoor obstacle course to bring you Cross the Course! That’s right, think tough mudder, but indoors and with a ball bit!

This event is truly the first of it’s kind! We’re challenging corporate teams to try and make it across this fitness-based playground with the best time! Teams will compete head to head tournament style. Resulting in a number of races, and one champion team of the course.  But there’s a catch! While making your way through the course, you will be tethered to one of your teammates. Pick your partner wisely.

Not only will this event be a blast, But as always it’s for a great cause. Everyday, kids face obstacles that quite often affect their studies, happiness and their life. Our work aims to help children and youth overcome the challenges of bullying, cyberbullying, violence, discrimination, and many other issues. In support of these kids, we’re challenging you to go through some obstacles of your own!

So take a look around the office, find your toughest looking co-workers and try and make it across!

For more information about the event click HERE

For more information about Pursuit OCR: http://pursuitocr.com/

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