logo dare to care Dare To Care -- Bullyproofing

• All parents want their children to be happy and successful in school. Finding out that your child is having problems in school because of bullying can be an upsetting and disappointing experience. It is a reality that all students, at some point in their school career, will be confronted by a bully. It is the way that child reacts that may determine if he/she remains targeted. By speaking up and acknowledging that bullying exists, and by teaching our children non-reactive strategies, significant changes can be made in the climate of the school and the community.

Dare To Care program goes beyond the perpetrators and the victim to include peers, school staff, parents, and the broader community. This comprehensive approach creates a common language which allows for more consistent intervention and follow–through when dealing with challenging issues.  By participating in the program, students receive clear messages about the potential harm and consequences of substance abuse and acts of violence. Through this proactive approach, many incidents are reduced before they become a real issue.  The Bully Proofing Your School program is proven to have a number of positive effects. Please see the Dare to Care web site for further informaiton

• Marion Carson School held a 2 hour Parent Information night on February 21, 2008. The session was entitled Dare to Care: Bully-Proofing Your Child. Student sessions occured on the thrid week of February, 2008.

• Participants learned about the scope of the problem in schools today. As well, participants learned the difference between normal peer conflict and bullying, characteristics of children who are targeted, cyber-bullying and tips to work on at home. An expert in the field of bullying, Lisa Dixon-Wells facilitated the session.

• The Dare to Care program is the recipient of the coveted Imagine Canada award and brings a new hope to the issue of bully prevention.

• Administration and school staff continue to look forward to collaborating with parents to effectively address the problem of bullying. Thank you for your continued support.

• Students learned the following ...
ask for Help, Assert Yourself, use Humor, Avoid, Self-Talk, Own it.

What I Can Do if I Am Being Bullied?
(use the acronym HA HA SO to remember these non-reactive strategies):
ask for Help
Assert Yourself
Own it

• Through the Dare to Care bullyproofing inservice, one wishes to turn our community from this above diamond shape, into a circle. Thus producing a "caring majority" where no one group or individual bullies others, removing the social hierarchy. Thus, empowering the silent majority into becoming a "caring majority."

• Please find some information below that you and or your child may find helpful in this endeavour. Most of these sites have been provided by the Calgary Police Service or our Health Curriculum Support Team.

As part of National Bullying Awareness Week, young Albertans are encouraged to ‘reverse it’ and be better than bullying to make Alberta’s communities safer.

For more information please visit our website for youth at www.b-free.ca or adults at www.bullyfreealberta.ca. The government’s toll-free, 24 hour bullying helpline, 1-888-456-2323 is also available for anyone needing information or advice.
We look forward to building on past successes and future opportunities to support families impacted by family violence and bullying.

Sheryl Fricke
Executive Director
Alberta Children's Services
Prevention of Family Violence and Bullying Division

www.calgarypolice.ca –provides safety tips for parents and children; links to a series of streamed videos from Shaw Communications on internet safety

www.netsmartz.org – variety of high-tech activities, games, videos, comics, and current safety information for kids, teens, educators and parents. Highly interactive and engaging

www.staysafe.org – includes a section for teens, a section for parents which also includes activities for elementary-aged students), a section for educators (background information only on what to tell students, no materials geared to classroom teaching)

www.bewebaware.ca – provides safety tips based on the age of the child/ youth – content heavy, designed for parents or teachers to gain information / tips relating to online safety.
www.media-awareness.ca – valuable information for parents and educators, some activities and games,
www.getwebwise.ca – Developed by the Government of Alberta and the Committee for the Prevention of Child and Youth Sexual Exploitation; includes a Teen, Parent and Kid Zone; text heavy
www.cyberbullying.ca – part of www.bullying.org; text heavy; provides statistics, and examples of what cyberbullying might look like using various technologies and tips for prevention.
• www.chatdanger.com – geared to teens; a lot of text but well set up with text boxes, bright colors and appealing images; includes topics such as “True Story”, “What advice would you give?” and “Stay Safe.” Covers a variety of technologies (eg. Cell phones, email, chat rooms, etc.) [this can not be linked live due to the CBE's category rating of online chat as per Superintendent's Administrative Regulation ]
www.youthlinkcalgary.com – Kid Zone includes activities for grades 5- 8 students; also Teacher and Parent Zones Online Safety Week contest with great prizes!


* please inform the school if the links to any of these websites are broken

















* background image from: middle.capemayschools.com