Manitoba Educators Tackle Cyberbullying at Leadership Forum

By Sarah Klein

Education and Advanced Learning Minister James Allum
Education and Advanced Learning Minister James Allum (CHRISD.CA FILE)

Cyberbullying experts gathered in Winnipeg on Friday and met with school leaders to discuss prevention and response strategies.

The Safe and Caring Schools Provincial Leadership Forum invited representatives from every school division in the province to weigh in on the troublesome issue.

“Cyberbullying is a growing problem in our modern world and we all have a role to play in ensuring students enjoy safe and caring learning environments,” said Education and Advanced Learning Minister James Allum. “I feel confident the educators and school leaders here today will come away with new tools and ideas to combat bullying in every form, so we can stand strong together to protect students in Manitoba schools.”

The forum also provided information and support about cyberbullying legislation and legal responsibilities. Manitoba’s Bill 18, the Schools Amendment Act (Safe and Inclusive Schools) requires school employees or people in charge of pupils during school-approved activities to report cyberbullying when they become aware that a student has engaged in cyberbullying or been negatively affected by it.