Bullying, Cyberbullying, Sexting and the Responsible Use of Social Media
As an educational organization, we have the great opportunity to educate students while at the same time, maximizing their safety and well-being.
As we are all aware, the amount of time youth spend online continues to increase as well as the various social media platforms available to them. Although technology presents many benefits, it also poses many risks. In this regard, I am pleased to share that Peace River School Division has invited Carol Todd to provide school-based and community presentations regarding bullying, cyber bullying, online safety, social media and sexting in several of our school communities. The presentations are open to students from grades 8-12 and parents/guardians are welcome to attend both the school and community presentations.
As these presentations are of a sensitive nature, and to ensure our families are aware, we require that consent forms be signed by parents/guardians and sent back to the school if you would like your child to participate. If you have not already received a letter and consent form from your school, please watch for it as it will come home with your child(ren) in the very near future.
Carol Todd lost her 15 year old daughter Amanda in 2012 when she took her own life in response to cyber-bullying and harassment. Carol is a parent, an educator and since her daughters passing, she serves to create greater awareness and understanding surrounding bullying, mental health and cyber safety. She founded the Amanda Todd Legacy Foundation in 2012 and since then has provided presentations for various schools and organizations in Canada, the United States and Europe. Carol is currently working in the Learning Services Department for Coquitlam School District No. 43.
Below is a link to a video that Amanda created before her passing that will be shown during the presentation as well as a video produced by CBC’s W5 that contains more detailed information regarding Amanda’s story:
Amanda Todd video:
W5 video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uQRnSIa-qQM
Thank you for your support and involvement and should you have any questions or concerns, kindly contact your school principal.
Paul Bennett, PRSD Superintendent