I had always wanted to play bridge, but I just couldn’t get a handle on it, and was struggling to discover what was missing in my understanding. Finally, one kind older gentleman told me about an 8-page pamphlet titled “Learn Bridge In A Day” that finally sent me on my way. Without that resource, I may well have stayed helpless forever. Fortunately for those of us who care about helping children navigate their way through their school years free from bullying, there are ever-increasing numbers of resources for us to take advantage of. At Thinking Forward, while we engage in anti-bullying and character-building programming, we encourage parents, educators and students to utilize other resources as well.

The Canadian Safe School Network has a helpful website that provides insight on a number of topics. Follow the link canadiansafeschools.com/resources/parents and you’ll see tips on what parents can do if their child is being bullied or if their child may be exhibiting bullying behaviour.

I would also draw your attention to the tab ‘Helping Your Child With…’ There are a number of thought-provoking issues raised here that you may not have come across before and are worth engaging in dialogue. One such section encourages us to help us and our children to explore our attitude about what constitutes tattling or ‘ratting’ and what is actually serious and is necessary to report on. Another section aimed at primary school-aged students, is a set of tips centred around recess, which due to its more open and less-structured nature, can be more prone for bullying to occur.

Thinking Forward is committed to serving Toronto’s schools and playing our role to help eliminate bullying. We encourage you to think about how you can join with us: please consider clicking the ‘Donate’ tab at the top of this page, or if you are an educator, visit the ‘our program’ page and look for the ‘Get in touch’ button.

-K.L.