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					           Creating a Safe
    Teaching and Learning
             Environment
                     Case Studies:
      Canadian Teachers’ Federation




Countering cyberbullying

Challenges, Actions and Achievements




Impetus for Action


   Spring 2007 – Concern expressed by CTF
    Member organizations about the impact of
    cyberbullying on teachers
   July 2007 – Resolution passed at the CTF
    Annual General Meeting




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CTF Action Plan


   Two-pronged approach:

       Education: research and resources
       Protection: advocacy and allies




CTF National Policy
   Approved at CTF Annual General Meeting (July
    2008)
       http://www.ctf-fce.ca/Documents/Priorities/EN/cyberbullying/FINALcyberbullying%20policy.pdf

   Guiding Principles:
       Safe Schools
       Freedom of expression
       Education as a tool
   Roles and responsibilities for all parties including
    students, teachers, parents, schools, teacher
    organizations, ministries of education, and federal
    and provincial governments.




Research (External Partners)
   Media Awareness Network (MNet)
     National Media Awareness Week (November each year)
   Promoting Relationships and Eliminating Violence (PREVNet)
     Canada ranked near the last quartile of 35 countries in a WHO
       Survey in terms of students reporting being bullied or being a
       bully
   Faye Mishna, University of Toronto “Cyberabuse of Children and
    Youth”
     50% of students surveyed reported being victims of cyberbullying
   Shaheen Shariff, McGill University
     Cyberbullying: Issues and Solutions for the School, the
       Classroom, and the Home




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 Research (CTF)
Share of Canadians surveyed who think the School
Boards should develop and enforce policies that hold         96%                       Canadians' Knowledge of Cyberbullying
their students accountable when they are identified as
cyberbullies.
                                                                                                     Targets

Share of Canadians surveyed who think the School
Boards should hold their students accountable when           69%                Any
                                                                        Elementary/Secondary
the cyberbullying originates outside the school such as                    Student in Your
                                                                             Com m unity
from the student’s home.
                                                                                Any
                                                                        Elementary/Secondary
                                                                       School Teachers in Your
                                                                            Comm unity



            How Familiar are You with the Term                                  Close Friends
                    "Cyberbullying"

 50%                                                                          Family Members
 45%
 40%
 35%                                                                              Co-Workers
 30%
 25%
 20%                                                                      Any of Your Children
 15%
 10%
  5%
                                                                                      Yourself
  0%
       Very Fam iliar   Som ew hat       Not Too          Not at all
                         Fam iliar       Fam iliar        Fam iliar
                                                                                             0%   5%   10%   15%   20%   25%   30%   35%   40%




 Partnerships
       Royal Canadian Mounted Police
              Assisted with the development of lesson plans used by
               RCMP members when presenting to classes
       Canadian Police Association
              Assisted with the development of bilingual lesson plans
               and a teacher’ guide



               Over 100,000 copies in circulation




 Protection

       CTF Brief to federal government
              Support for public awareness campaigns
              Rating of film and video games
              Criminal Code of Canada
              New legislation to protect students and teachers




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Protection
CTF Submission to the Standing Committee on
Canadian Heritage, Bill C327(Violence in television)
Recommendations:
       Education
          Funding support for research
          Development of resources regarding media threats and
           violence
       Protection
          Appropriate classification and monitoring mechanisms
          Amend Criminal Code
          Development of national/international legal/collaborative
           framework




Protection
   CTF on Parliament Hill – April 2008
       Over 50 meetings between CTF Board members
        and Members of Parliament, Senators and senior
        administrative staff.




Protection
   An Act to Amend the Criminal Code
    (cyberbullying)
       Private Member’s Bill by Liberal MP Hedy Fry
       Section 264 deals with criminal harassment
       Amendments would include:
           the use of a computer or interconnected computers
           indecent electronic messaging
           repeated electronic messaging




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Protection

                                         “Cyberbullying is a
                                        topic that is of great
                                        interest to me, and I
                                        share the CTF’s
                                        concerns about its
                                        growing prevalence”
                                            Ann Cavoukian, Ph.D.,
                                            Commissioner, Information
                                            and Privacy
                                            Commissioner/Ontario




Protection
Government Responses so far:
 Ontario
       Amendment to the Education Act
         Progressive Discipline and School Safety in effect Feb. 1,
          2008
         Mandatory reporting of bullying

   Manitoba
       The Public Schools Amendment Act (Cyberbullying and the
        use of Electronic Devices)
   Canada
       Facebook privacy agreement with Canada
       Privacy Commissioner initiating a new investigation
        (January 2010)




But our work is far from over…

   Research continues
       David Smith, University of Ottawa
       Canadian Coalition for CyberRisk Reduction
   Cybertips for teachers (revision)
   Lobbying continues for Ciminal Code
    amendments




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  A Second Case:
  H1N1 Preparedness

  Challenges, Actions and Achievements




  H1N1 - Strategy
       Gather Information
             Discussion Forum, List serve
       Conduct Research
             Primary and Secondary sources
       Provide Resources
             Reports, Streaming Video




  H1N1 - Resources
MTS - Summary Report - English Survey (74 respondents)
Survey: CTF Survey on H1N1 Influenza Virus Preparedness

 Question: Are you aware of any H1N1 policies or strategy
 developed at the following levels?
 (Please check all those that apply)


                                                               Summary Report - English Survey (215 respondents)
                                                            Survey: CTF Survey on H1N1 Influenza Virus Preparedness

                                                              Question: How comfortable are you with your school's
                                                              level of preparedness in the event of an H1N1 outbreak?




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H1N1 - Resources




H1N1 - Resources




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