Saskatchewan's Action Plan to Address Bullying and Cyberbullying is the roadmap that guides the government's work to end bullying. More than 1,000 students, teachers, parents and community members throughout our province contributed to the plan by sharing their thoughts about the effects of bullying.
Bullying can be:
- Verbal: usually involving taunts, name-calling, put-downs, slurs, offensive gestures, incessant mocking, threats, intimidation, and laughing at someone else’s expense;
- Social: excluding, ganging up, ridiculing, gossiping, spreading rumours, extortion or stealing of money and possessions;
- Physical: involving physical harm often from kicking, punching, hair pulling, pinching, and pushing;
- Sexual: involving unwanted physical contact or sexually inappropriate comments; and
- Cyber: using a computer or other technology to forward or spread hurtful messages and/or images.
Whatever form bullying takes, it is not “just something kids have to go through”. It needs to be reported and addressed.
It can happen anywhere:
- In the community
- At school
- In the park
- On the street
- At a friend’s house
- On a sports team
- In a club
You are not alone. Others will stand with you to stop bullying.
There are people in your life who will understand and help. Tell them what you need.
If you are bullied, or if you see bullying, you can also:
- Ignore the bully or tell him/her to stop.
- Walk away and tell a trusted adult.
- Tell your family.
- Avoid being alone with the bully.
- Report the bullying using the I am Stronger Online Reporting Tool.
The Ministry of Education has partnered with SaskTel's I Am Stronger initiative to stop the activities of bullying and cyber-bullying. This is done through awareness and education around cyber safety, the effects of bullying, and supporting youth-led initiatives.
Resources are available to support:
For the past three years, the ministry has hosted a Student First Anti-Bullying Forum. This year's theme was, "Stand Up to Bullying: Activating the Bystander."
The free online forum, held in November, was 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.
Leadership opportunities are available for youth to influence positive social change in their schools, communities, and online through small grants of up to $1,000 each for youth-led initiatives to address bullying and promote healthy relationships.
In Saskatchewan, the Comprehensive School Community Health approach addresses health and safety issues of children and youth. This approach engages schools, families, and community partners to improve student achievement and well-being.