Cyberbullying

The Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board has identified cyberbullying as a potentially serious and far reaching issue facing our students on a daily basis. Awareness and education are the keys to the prevention and identification of this growing threat to our children.

What is Cyberbullying?
Cyberbullying is willful and often repeated harm inflicted through the medium of electronic text. Like bullying, cyberbullying often involves recurring harm and represents a pattern of behavior committed over a period of time.

Cyberbullying Hurts and Keeps Hurting
"In school ... you don't want anyone to think of you as a 'gossip' or someone who says things about other people. Everyone wants to be 'nice.' You don't have to be nice if you don't want to online." - 13 year old girl. (Source: Young Canadians In A Wired World Survey Focus Groups, Media Awareness Network, 2004)

Cyberbullies use electronic information and communication devices to bully or otherwise harass an individual or group through personal attacks or other means.

Typical types of electronic devices include:
  • e-Mail
  • Instant Messaging (IM) and CHAT
  • Text Messages & Pagers
  • Cell phones & Cameras
  • Defamatory websites

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Unfortunately kids have always tormented each other. That has not changed from the time you were a child. Today, however, cyber technologies, have taken bullying to another level on-line, using the Internet, instant messaging, web pages, mobile phones and interactive games.


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  • Windsor Police Department | ph: (519) 255-6173
  • LaSalle Police Department | ph: (519) 969-5210
  • Amherstburg Police Department | ph: (519) 736-8559
  • Leamington Police Department | ph: (519) 326-6111
  • Essex Police Department | ph: (519) 738-2222
  • Ontario Provincial Police | ph: (519) 723-2491

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