Throughout the month of February, students have been engaged in learning tasks centered around the theme of kindness and acceptance that culminated in our celebration of Pink Shirt Day on Wednesday February 23 to raise awareness about the importance of acceptance and bullying prevention. Class discussions and activities focused on kindness, acceptance and understanding the difference between conflict and bullying.
It is important to know that problems or a “fight with friends or siblings or rough play between children with equal power is conflict not bullying. Bullying is when a person or group of people repeatedly and intentionally use their power to hurt, embarrass, threaten or exclude another person” (Dare to Care 2017).
When engaging in conversations with your child around problems with other children please listen carefully and help each other identify if the problem is conflict or bullying. Then help your child identify strategies to help solve the conflict, which can include speaking kindly or asking an adult for help. Please do not hesitate to contact your child’s homeroom teacher to support you in identifying if the problem is a conflict or bullying and then work together to support your child by providing appropriate strategies to solve the problem. This approach helps our students persist through challenges at school, which is part of our well-being goal at Grant MacEwan School.