Tagged for life? Educators and administrators should check out this incredibly powerful video on cybersafety created by the Australian Communications and Media Authority’s Cybersmart program.
In November 2011, the Senate Human Rights Committee was mandated by the Senate to study the issue of cyberbullying in Canada – and CSSN was asked to contribute our input.
The staff of CSSN took time out of their day to make a donation of winter hats to our neighbours at the John Howard Society of Ontario.
CSSN has a new online home. Accessible, connected, and a dramatically easier registration system.
Watch the video “Stronger,” from the newest CSSN supporter, Megan Landry, who performed at our most recent “Unforgettable Dinner” at the Royal York.
As one example, Bullying is a serious issue that touches all schools and communities across Canada. In 2001, the Canadian Safe School Network surveyed 36,799 elementary school students and 73,650 secondary school students on school climate. The results indicated that:
- In elementary schools, 23% of students were afraid someone was going to hurt or bother them at school while 41% agreed there was frequent bullying taking place. 13% to 18% had been threatened or physically harmed. 74% agreed that verbal abuse took place regularly at school.
- In secondary schools, 19% of students were afraid someone was going to hurt or bother them at school while 44% agreed there was frequent bullying taking place. 10% to 15% had been threatened or physically harmed. 81% agreed that verbal abuse took place regularly at school.
“What should you do if you are bullied at the end of recess and can’t go to the teacher outside and the teacher inside tells you to deal with it at recess?”
Earlier this fall in Horseshoe Valley, over 120 of Ontario’s principals, vice-principals and superintendents took part in a 5 day, 3 part training program conducted by the Canadian Safe School Network (CSSN).
The Canadian Safe School Network is grateful for the ongoing support of our sponsors, including Intact Insurance.
For three years, Intact has financially supported distribution of “In The Long Run: Alternatives to Street Life,” an interactive resource that depicts young teens facing “real-life” challenges such as strict rules, academic difficulties, substance abuse, physical or sexual abuse, poverty and bereavement.
Karyn Hamilton & Salima Peerwani from Intact stopped by the CSSN office to present the company’s annual donation to our ongoing efforts.
Visit their website at www.intact.ca
Thank you to all of our supporters!
As with any not-for-profit or charity organization, much of The Canadian Safe School Network’s success can be traced to its diligent and dedicated volunteers. Throughout the year, CSSN volunteers help to promote the good work of the organization in classrooms, boardrooms and online – while others donate their time to speak at conferences and events or to advocate to various levels of government on bullying issues.
One of CSSN’s most dedicated and engaged volunteers is Stephanie Beirne. An Associate with Galileo Funds in Toronto, Stephanie has every reason to not even consider volunteering her time. She works tirelessly in the non-stop world of investments and serves the company in a variety of capacities, including advisor relations and marketing. A graduate of the University of Toronto and an advocate for numerous social causes, Stephanie isn’t willing to ignore the needs of those around her.
Stephanie was connected to CSSN by none other than Brian Burke, President and General Manager of The Toronto Maple Leafs – and a personal friend of her boss. Brian is actively involved in supporting CSSN, particularly in its anti-bullying and LGBTQ-inclusion efforts, and frequently sends people to the organization if they have ideas, energy and talent to share. As a polished marketer and networker, Stephanie was a perfect fit to help CSSN with its annual Golf Classic in the summer of 2012. More than just “help,” however, Stephanie took on far more than was expected of her in a volunteer capacity.
Stephanie took charge of engaging celebrity players for the tournament – including Leafs players like Jake Gardiner and CSSN supporter John-Michael Liles, NHL legends Steve Staios, Dave Poulin and Rick Tocchet, and sportscaster Joe Bowen. Steph used her keen marketing skills to convince numerous suppliers to provide prizes and swag for the tournament – without charging CSSN a penny – and arranged door-to-door transportation for every tournament participant.
Steph’s easygoing yet dedicated approach convinced dozens of the day’s golfers to inquire about more active roles with CSSN themselves, leading to a new crop of volunteers, supporters and personalities eager to step up and take a stand against bullying.
Stephanie can next be found at CSSN’s annual Unforgettable Dinner at the Fairmont Royal York this November, where’ll she help the organization greet arriving guests for the black tie affair before working the room to encourage donations to keep the timely and important work of the Canadian Safe School Network going.