A world without Bullying: Roles for Adults
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Desmarais Building, Room 4101
Bullying is a cruel daily fact for many Canadian children. Research over the last three decades has revealed just how toxic to health and well being bullying is for all those involved: bullies, victims, and witnesses alike. Bullying can make children physically ill; cause them depression, anxiety, and other psychological problems; impede their academic success and lead to school absenteeism and drop-out; ruin relationships in children and even adulthood; lead them into other serious acts of aggression later in life like dating violence. In the worse instances, bullying can even kill.
Although our knowledge about bullying has grown substantially, we know less about how to effectively stop bullying in the long-term. Whatever specific solutions emerge in the future, it is clear that responsible adults, including as parents, teachers, and community leaders will play a key role in making a world without bullying. In this presentation, we will examine the problem of bullying among children and youth and explore the ways the adults can contribute effectively to eliminating bullying among the children and youth in their care.
Dr. David Smith is an associate professor of educational counselling at the University of Ottawa, and is also vice-dean, Research in the Faculty of Education. He received his PhD in counselling psychology from McGill University in 1998. His primary research interests centre on school-based bullying prevention programs, with a particular emphasis on understanding how they can be made more effective. His current program of research, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada through 2011, is designed to study the links among school climate, children’s attachment to school, and bullying.
Dr. Smith is a founding member of PREVNet (www.prevnet.ca), a national network of researchers, educators, and community-based organizations committed to the prevention of bullying and promotion of healthy relationships among children. He speaks often in the news media about bullying issues in schools, and he is frequently invited to address educational and counselling professionals across Canada about bullying prevention.