On November 17 Canadian youth came together, along with the RCMP, via video conference to discuss and pledge to put a stop to bullying and cyberbullying.
The conversation started long before the national video conference event. Participants engaged in dialogues, guided by graduate mentors, in TakingITGlobal's virtual classroom. Participants shared, collaborated, and provided peer feedback on their definition of bullying, cyberbullying, and examples of bullying scenarios.
Here are a few example of what the students shared in the virtual classroom.
Bullying is when someone thinks they are better than you so they think they can make fun of you. Bullies usually are hurt in their own way so they take out their pain on you.
Cyber bullies are nothing. At all. If you seen your cyber bully in person they would most likely walk right by you and say nothing because they are only “strong” when they are behind a screen . People feel the need to hurt other people or to bring them down because they think it makes them look “cool” but really they just look stupid and mean. They want the attention or the power they feel they have against you. If we all stand up instead of stand around … they will have no power .
Example of bullying scenarios:
Liv and Abby have been dating for a while and they finally came out to everyone in their school hoping they would get accepted. Mostly everyone accepted them for who they are like everyone should be accepted. Except for Blair, she did not like this relationship and didn't think it should be in “her school”. Blair is very popular so a lot of people took her side of things. When Blair confronted Liv and Abby about it they were quiet and scared. Everyone who accepted Liv and Abby stood up for them . Blair and her people were out numbered and just like that they lost the power .
Tommy had his first day of high school. He wore his favorite sweater vest for his special day. He got to school and he noticed his friend Jamie was standing with a group of people that Tommy didn’t know. He went over to Jamie to ask how his summer was. Jamie was about to answer when one of the people he was standing with said, “You're not really friends with this nerd are you Jamie?” Jamie turns back around to the boy and ignores Tommy and says “No way, get lost nerd.” Tommy walks away.
Each participating classroom also created a Charter that stated what students can expect from each other.
Charter of Rights and Freedoms
What can students expect from others?
All students can expect to be treated with respect, regardless of their age, gender, or sexual orientation.
All students can expect to be treated with respect, regardless of their race, culture, or beliefs.
All students can expect to be helped when they ask for it.
All students can expect to be listened to and treated with kindness.
How are students expected to treat other students?
All students are expected to treat others the way they want to be treated.
All students are expected to listen to others.
All students are expected to treat others with respect, regardless of their age, gender, or sexual orientation.
All students are expected to treat others with respect, regardless of their race, culture, or beliefs.
All students are expected to treat others with kindness and understanding.
All students are expected to be polite.
All students are expected to help each other.
The discussion in the virtual classroom prepared participants for the November 17th national video conference event. Here is the story of the LIVE event, told through tweets, pictures and quotes.
We started the LIVE event with a student representative from each class introducing their classroom and their location in Canada.
For this event, we were lucky to have Molly Burke join us and share her powerful and inspiring story.