Saskatchewan's anti-bullying policy ahead of the game, Ontario expert says
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Saskatchewan is ahead of the curve in policies dealing with bullying, an Ontario expert says.
Wendy Craig, one of Canada's leading authorities on bullying, is the co-founder of Prevenet.org, a network of leading Canadian research scientists and 55 national youth-serving organizations that create initiatives aiming to end bullying.
Craig was in Regina on Wednesday as a lead-up to the Red Cross Day of Pink on April 9, an event opposed to bullying. She spoke at the University of Regina to parents and educators about the seriousness of the issue.
Craig praised the Saskatchewan government for releasing its Action Plan to Address Bullying and Cyberbullying last November.
"I have to say that in the country, this province is way ahead," said Craig, a professor at Queen's University in Kingston, Ont.
“What they released in November puts them ahead, and they have the right kind of thinking and a real evidence-based policy.”
The report makes several recommendations, including: updating procedures to ensure consistent prevention, rapid response and intervention and developing an anonymous online reporting tool.
Canada is one of the top three countries where bullying is most prevalent, according to Craig.
"We always think that we're nice and kind and gentle, but that's not always the case," she pointed out.
“So it’s important that policies like Saskatchewan’s are developed to help decrease that.”
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