The Role of Community Leaders in Bullying Prevention
It’s not just the role of the police officer, school counselor, teacher, mom or dad. It’s all of us working together to make our schools and our communities safer and comfortable places for the kids to be.
Constable Julie Chanin, RCMP Officer
The WITS Programs bring together schools, families and communities to create responsive environments that help elementary school children deal with bullying and victimization. WITS has two components:
Community leaders — including emergency services personnel (e.g. police officers, firefighters, paramedics), university or high school athletes, elders and other community role models interested in preventing peer victimization — play an important role in the WITS Programs.
These community leaders launch the WITS Primary Program with a Swearing-In Ceremony where students are deputized as WITS Special Constables. They also launch the WITS LEADS Program with the Tug-of-Help skit. In addition, these community leaders make follow-up classroom visits throughout the year to see how the new Special Constables are doing with their WITS.
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A 10-step guide for on implementing the WITS Programs in your community
A 60-minute online training module for community leaders