Students across the province participate in online anti-bullying forum

Students across the province participate in online anti-bullying forum

November 15 to 21, 2017 has been proclaimed as Bullying Awareness Week in Saskatchewan by Education Minister, Don Morgan.

Students from more than 10 Regina Public schools joined thousands of Saskatchewan students from on Tuesday, November 17 for the first ever Anti-Bullying Online Forum.

With the theme, Stand Up to Bullying: Activating the Bystander, the event is designed to foster responsible online behaviour and encourage young people to engage in positive, collaborative activities to build safe, caring, inclusive and accepting communities, both in school and online.

This is the third anti-bullying forum, but the first online one that has allowed students to participate from their own school. Students in Grades 6 through 12 took part in the forum, with an estimated 9,000 students from more than 400 classes and over 170 schools across the province.

The live and interactive forum was led by Dr. Alec Couros, a professor at the University of Regina professor. Couros talked to students about both the difficulties and opportunities offered by an increasingly digital world and how young people can develop a positive digital identity and contribute to society in a constructive manner. A French language presentation will be held Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2017.

A province-wide online chat on Thursday, Nov. 19, will focus on being respectful and supportive of each other online. The French chat will be held 10 to 11 a.m. and the English chat will be held 1 to 2 p.m.

Information about the forum is available on the I Am Stronger website.  

Please follow #sasksf on Twitter where more interaction and details from participants across the province.

Read the Government of Saskatchewan media release here.