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Friday November 18th, 2011

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Staff and students of the Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board have held numerous events at schools this week to mark Bullying Awareness Week.

The idea began with Canadian father and educator Bill Belsey.  On February 16th, 2000 he launched the educational Web site www.bullying.org.  Soon after, groups
started asking him to make presentations about bullying in schools and communities across Canada and around the world. Through the Web site and
his travels, he quickly realized that bullying was an issue that touches all people, directly or indirectly, regardless of their age, gender, culture, religion or nationality.

For today’s teens, cyber-bullying has become a major concern.  Technology provides a platform for some very creative bullying tactics. Cyber bullies use text messages, email, instant messages, social networking blogs, or web pages to harass, embarrass and intimidate other children. The bullying takes many forms, from spreading false rumours and posting embarrassing pictures of others to sending offensive messages, repeated harassment, stalking, threats and even extortion.

This Saturday, as Bullying Awareness Week wraps up, a group of more than 200 students from Holy Names, Cardinal Carter and Catholic Central will gather to stand united in dance against cyber-bullying at the Devonshire Mall Food Court at 1:00pm

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