Teaching parents how to spot and address cyberbullying was at the top of the students' wish list. Spreading awareness and setting up support networks came a close second and third. #Stopcyberbullying #Canada will launch its train-the-trainers program in PEI in February. The training will be conducted in several different locations and is done over the course of three trainings and an online webinar series. Parents successfully completing the program will be awarded StopCyberbullying Certifications.
They will learn what cyberbullying is, how it works and what they can do to prevent it and stop it once it starts. They will learn to be "trusted adults" for their own children and others and help parents handle situations when their own children ae cyberbullied. They will also learn how to make their children and family less vulnerable to cyberabuse and cyberbullying, and how to report it when it occurs.
Informed and empowered parents, grandparents and caretakers will do more to stop cyberbullying than anything else.
Once trained and certified, parents, grandparents and caretakers will be able to volunteer their time to speak at local schools, to other parent groups, faith-based organizations and community organizations.
Spreading awareness, says PEI's Premier Ghiz, is the single most important thing we can do to help stop cyberbullying. At the same time, train the trainers programs for teens are being delivered to get young people on their feet in their schools, community and leadership organizations helping other teens and preteens understand how to avoid cyberbullying, how to better respect themselves and others and how to improve their digital world. It is expected that the first certified youth trainers in PEI will complete their training by the middle of March.
If you are on PEI and want to take part or have your children take part in the training, visit stopcyberbullying.ca to sign up. There will be a nominal donation required for the adult training to cover expenses. They youth certification program will be delivered without charge through community sponsorship.