Free bullying forum for parents
A free forum on bullying will be held on Thursday, Feb. 10, at 7 p.m. at the Henry Grube Education Centre.
The SD73 District Parent Advisory Council is presenting Bullying: What Parents Need to Know and What Can Be Done.
The evening will feature a pre-recorded webinar by Bill Belsey, president of bullying.org, followed by a live panel discussion with local bullying experts.
Belsey is often cited as the first person to introduce and define the word “cyberbullying.”
“Parents specifically requested Bill Belsey,” said organizer Renee Anderson.
The panel discussion after the webinar will include parents, SD73 behaviour specialists and an RCMP school-liaison officer.
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“If we continue to address it via education and anti-bullying policies, maybe it will go away, but we’re not there yet, unfortunately,” said Gisela Ruckert, another organizer of the event.
“This presentation will help parents get a better understanding of the issue of bullying, develop strategies for supporting their children and learn how to work with their child’s school to better address problems.”
Belsey is a winner of the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Technology.
His print interviews have appeared in Parenting Magazine, the Globe and Mail and the Christian Science Monitor. He has appeared numerous times on the CTV and CBC.
Peter Mansbridge, anchor of the CBC National News, referred to bullying.org as “one of the best websites in the world for children.”