The Ministry of Education has launched an online survey on bullying in Ontario schools for students, parents and guardians and school staff.
The survey will be used to gather information to help the ministry better understand the complex issue and find new ways to make schools safer and more inclusive.
The survey can be accessed at www.ontario.ca/page/consultation-bullying-ontario-schools and will close by March 31.
According to the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, 21 per cent of Ontario students in Grades 7 to 12 have reported being bullied at school. This new survey seeks to gain a better understanding of the issue, ideas on how to better prevent and report bullying and new ways to make schools safer.
Students under 16 who wish to participate in the survey will be asked to seek permission from a parent or guardian.
Parents and guardians are encouraged to support their children in taking the survey. Information for parents and guardians about Ontario’s survey on bullying is available www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/safeschools/bullying-survey-parent-resource-en.pdf. -CINEWS